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 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

Devon Branch Summer Events & partnership organisation events

We hope everyone has been seeing lots of butterflies during Spring and there will be plenty more to see as Summer progresses.  The branch has a couple of Summer events and we are also taking part in other Devon organisation wildlife events.  See our Events page for full details but here is list of dates:-

EGGARDON HILL Bridport Dorset - Thursday 3rd August 2023, Joint Devon & Dorset DBC Field Event - For more information see our Events page – please note booking to attend is required.

Undercliffs NNR Axmouth Devon - Saturday August 5th, 2023.  For more information see our Events page – please note booking to attend is required.

MELDON WILDIFE FESTIVAL - Tuesday 22nd August 2023 10.30 - 16.00 -Join the Dartmoor National Park and partners for a wild day out at Meldon Quarry.Devon BC volunteers will be on site with our Display Board and lots of information about Butterfly Conservation and Devon’s butterflies.

Our latest newsletter is the Summer 23 edition which you can download by clicking here (and you can also find this on our Members page).  All our past newsletters can also be downloaded from our Members page.  You can view all our Branch Events by clicking on the Branch Events button in the Menu top left of this webpage (or scroll down to the Get Involved section below).  Please note that ADVANCED BOOKING IS NECESSARY FOR ALL EVENTS and you are advised to check the online Events pages which will be updated if there are changes to any of the events, or any cancellations. 

You can keep up to date with the branch on Facebook as well as Twitter.  Look for us on Facebook as Butterfly Conservation Devon and on Twitter as @BCDevon.  

Want to help up and help Devon's butterflies - we are looking for volunteers to help us with our Branch Events - download more information here.

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 


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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.