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

October 2019

Its been an exciting summer!  Find out what butterflies our members have seen on our Sightings page for full details. Want to know more?  Then come along to our Members' Day & AGM in Crediton on Saturday 19th October 2019.   Click on the link below to see the Flyer for the event and also read more about the event in our latest newsletter link below.  Please note that lunch bookings must be received by 12th October (see flyer for details).   

BC Devon Members Day Flyer 2019
Devon BC Newsletter Oct 19

Apologies to any members who sent in photos for our Members' Photo Presentation but we have not received enough photos to go ahead with this illustrated talk and it has been cancelled.  The Members' Day will therefore finish a bit earlier at 4:10 pm.

Coming up on 26th November 2019 is another event being held at the University of Exeter - Conservation in the South-West uplands: challenges and solutions.  More details on this link.

We also have a number of Winter Conservation Workdays coming up - more details in our Events section 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 


  • No let-up in net loss of UK’s nature

    The UK’s wildlife continues to decline according to the State of Nature 2019 report. The latest findings show that since rigorous scientific monitoring began in the 1970s there has been a 13% decline in average abundance across wildlife studied and that the declines continue unabated.

  • Holy Grail of moth recording reappears in Britain

    Numerous recent sightings of a moth that became extinct in the UK in the 1960s, suggest that it has recolonised and is now breeding across southern Britain.

  • The Year of the Painted Lady

    In just three weeks this summer, nearly half a million Painted Lady butterflies were counted as part of the 10th UK-wide Big Butterfly Count, run by Butterfly Conservation and sponsored by B&Q.

  • On the verge of something big

    UK wildlife charities have teamed up with England’s government advisor on natural environment to persuade local councils and landowners to help save our pollinators.

Catch up on all our news


  • Devon: Branch Members' Day & AGM

    Saturday 19th October 2019, 10:00am

    Boniface Centre, Crediton Parish Church, Church Lane CREDITON EX17 2AH

    Devon Butterfly Conservation MEMBERS’ DAY & AGM

  • Devon: Practical Conservation nr Mary Tavy (Dartmoor)

    Monday 21st October, 10am - 3pm

    Hillbridge Farm, PL19 9ND

    Join us for a practical task to help maintain suitable habitat for rare butterflies, alongside the Dartmoor Preservation Association volunteers.

  • Devon: Work Party - Newbridge Hill, Dartmoor

    Wednesday 30th October, 10.30am - 3.30pm

    Newbridge car park, TQ13 7NT

    This practical conservation work party aims to improve habitat for five species of fritillary butterfly including High Brown and Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

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.