Welcome to the Devon Branch of Butterfly Conservation. If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Devon Branch.
Devon has around 39 resident butterfly species and we can help point you in the right direction on where and when is best to see them. Why not join in our one of our Events (during the summer we organise field events to show you some of our resident butterfly species and in the winter we organise conservation work days to improve the habitat for butterflies in Devon). Click here to view more details or scroll down this page to the section marked "Get Involved"
Species to look out for
As we are sadly unable to hold the members’ day this year, we would like to invite you to join our online Annual General Meeting on Tuesday October 13th 2020 at 6pm. Download our message to members here about the AGM (which will be held via Zoom) and also information about changes to Branch roles. Another link is on our Members page where you can find many of our past newsletters too.
Also on the Members page are documents for the 2020 AGM for members to download. These are being added as they are ready to publish from 8th Oct onwards so please check back prior to the meeting for the full set of documents.
Our latest newsletter is the October 2020 edition which you can download here and also on our Members page. Many thanks to our new Newsletter Editor Emma Grice for this issue. In this issue you will find our Devon BC Winter Workdays 2020-2021 on page 20. These will also be on our web site soon. Please note that ADVANCED BOOKING IS NECESSARY FOR ALL EVENTS
Don't forget we still are keeping our Sightings page up to date - there are still butterflies to see on sunny days even as we move into Autumn! So let us know if you have seen any butterflies.
Have you seen a butterfly? Take a look at our latest sightings page to find out what you can see at this time of year and what species were seen each month last year!
The ‘All the Moor Butterflies’ project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will help to restore and create habitat for the Pearl-bordered Fritillary, High Brown Fritillary, Heath Fritillary and Marsh Fritillary on some of the UK’s most famous moorland landscapes, including Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor.
Find out more about some of our main butterfly species and the best sites to see them in Devon.
Keep up to date with all our latest news by signing up for our email newsletter or catching up on our past ones.
Big Butterfly Count 2020 sees lowest numbers of butterflies recorded in 11 years.
HS2 on Calvert Jubilee nature reserve: Statement from Butterfly Conservation
Nature is in crisis with extinctions happening at unprecedented rates as a result of our abuse of the planet. But this is no longer just about nature. As Butterfly Conservation President, Sir David Attenborough made clear on Sunday's ‘Extinction – The Facts’ on BBC One, we are not apart from nature, we are an integral part of it.
First Purple Hairstreak butterfly recorded in South Lanarkshire for 175 years by conservation volunteer
Saturday 24th October 2020, 10:30am-2:30pm
Removal of scrub growing in the bracken and coppicing of willows that are encroaching into the ride.
Sunday 8th November 2020, 10:30am-2:30pm
Little Breach Reserve near Culmstock
Raking up to do after the brushcutter and also some scrub/small tree cutting.
Sunday 15th November 2020, 10:30am-2:30pm
Chudleigh Knighton Heath
Essential winter clearance work to benefit the Pearl and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies.
Volunteer with us
Butterfly Conservation relies on the support of thousands of volunteers, and we are always looking for more help inside the office and out in the field. Whether you want to volunteer at a local branch, get outside and help manage our nature reserves, or help with one of our events, we have something for everyone to get involved in! Your time can make a real difference.
In your area
- Branch Organiser