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"

Devon updates

January 2020

Happy New Year to all our Devon Butterfly Conservation members.  Do you want to do something to help Devon's butterflies this winter?  Then why not join us on one (or more) of our Winter Conservation Workdays.  You will find us a friendly bunch of people and we have events all around the county so that you can pick what suits you best.  Members often ask what they will be expected to do on one of these workdays - well, we all do as much or as little as we each feel confident is right for us - so you can really 'stuck into' getting rid of a marathon mound of brambles or you could do a bit of gentle pruning.  Its up to you!.  See below in our Events section for our full list of dates - in January Saturday 18th - Miltor Mator Common near KingskerswellSaturday 25th Chudleigh Knighton Heath (south end).  If one of these looks of interest to you then check out the full details on our Events listing here.   We also recommend those of you in Exeter join in with Devon Wildlife Trust on Saturday 12th January for a Brown Hairstreak Egg Hunt at Belvidere Meadows.

Great news - the branch is now on Facebook as well as Twitter.  Look for us on Facebook as Butterfly Conservation Devon and on Twitter as @BCDevon.  

Don't forget we still are keeping our Sightings page up to date - there are butterflies to see on sunny days!  So let us know if you have seen any butterflies.  Our next newsletter is due in February - but in the mean time catch up with our previous summer and winter news on our Members page.

Learn more 

Green Hairstreak - Iain H Leach

Latest Sightings

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!

Pearl-bordered Fritillary - Iain H Leach

Conservation projects in Devon

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.

Silver-studded Blue - Mark Searle

Key sites to see species

Find out more about some of our main butterfly species and the best sites to see them in Devon.

Brimstone moth - Patrick Clement

Newsletters and email news

Keep up to date with all our latest news by signing up for our email newsletter or catching up on our past ones. 

Get involved 


  • Agriculture Bill: A Big Day for Farming and Wildlife

    The long-awaited publication of a landmark Agriculture Bill in parliament is a crucial piece of legislation which will have profound implications for the butterflies, moths, wildlife and wider environment of England.

  • Managing land for butterflies and moths

    Our work seeks to help the development of new land management support schemes by combining the latest scientific evidence and Butterfly Conservation’s practical experience of working with farmers and land owners on the ground.

  • Make your vote count!

    The campaign for the Westminster General Election is now well and truly in full swing! This time it feels different, and not just because of the intense debates around Brexit. After years of trying to secure political attention, the environment has finally burst through onto the political stage.

  • British and Irish moths are on the move

    Scientists from Britain and Ireland who have been involved in compiling the newly published Atlas of Britain and Ireland’s Larger Moths have revealed that our moths are on the move.

Catch up on all our news


See all our upcoming events

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.

Find out how to get involved.