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 fritillary season starts with the Pearl-bordered Fritillary which emerges in late April and can be seen on many sites in Devon - see here for more details. Every year volunteers survey all our fritillary species - you can download the 2020 report here.
Our latest newsletter is the February 2021 edition which you can download here (and you can also find this on our Members page). All our past newsletters can also be downloaded from our Members page. We have also published a list of our Branch events which you can download here. 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.
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.
Where have the butterflies gone? Butterfly Conservation launches this year’s Big Butterfly Count with urgent appeal for public’s help after disastrous spring weather.
A surge in enthusiasm for observing moths during the lockdowns has resulted in some UK counties recording their first sightings of rare species. Scientists are now hoping there will be similar exciting finds during this year’s Moth Night (and the public to submit their daytime and nighttime sightings of species, as well as photographs.
Butterfly Conservation has teamed up with expert crafters The Makerss for a special online event to show you how to needle felt your own Large Blue butterfly.
The Heath Fritillary, one of the UK’s rarest butterflies, has been discovered for the first time at the Woodland Trust’s Victory Wood in east Kent.
Saturday 31st July 2021, 10:00am
Meeth Quarry Devon Wildlife Trust
Meeth Quarry Devon Wildlife Trust for second brood Wood Whites and possibly Dingy Skipper
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