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
The sunny days of October helped keep our Devon butterflies flying and there were sightings of Red Admirals, Clouded Yellows and Small Coppers - plus several other species (see our Sightings page for more information) but this wet start to November will probably make sightings rather more unusual. Why not spend your butterfly time helping with our Winter Conservation Events? find them here online! Scroll down to the Events box in the Get Involved section of this Welcome page to see the next few Events coming up.
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.
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Scientists have discovered that moths may play a much broader role as plant pollinators than previously suspected.
Numbers of one of the UK’s best known garden butterflies have plummeted this summer despite the record-breaking hot weather, results from the Big Butterfly Count have revealed.
Scottish Ministers have “called-in” plans for a golf course at Coul Links near Embo, East Sutherland after deciding that the case is of ‘national importance’.
History fans are being asked to take a closer look at castles this summer in a bid to track the march north of a butterfly success story.
Saturday 17th November 2018, 10.30am - 2.30pm
Lydford Old Railway Reserve
Continuing the essential winter clearance work for the Heath Fritillary and other butterflies.
Friday 23rd November 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Belstone, EX20 1RB
Cutting back gorse and other scrub to maintain habitat for Fritillary butterflies.
Sunday 25th November 2018, 10.30am - 2.30pm
Ashclyst Forest near Exeter
Widening one of the rides at Snaffle Drive by removing small trees.
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.
- Branch Organiser