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
Thanks to all members who joined us for our online Annual General Meeting on Tuesday October 13th 2020 at 6pm. Download our message to members here about the AGM (which was held via Zoom) and also information about changes to Branch roles. Another link is on our Members page where you can find many of our past newsletters too. Also on the Members page are documents for the 2020 AGM for members to download.
Our latest newsletter is the October 2020 edition which you can download here and also on our Members page. Many thanks to our new Newsletter Editor Emma Grice for this issue. In this issue you will find our Devon BC Winter Workdays 2020-2021 on page 20, you can also find information about these on our Events listing (see lower down this page). Please note that ADVANCED BOOKING IS NECESSARY FOR ALL EVENTS
A Brown Hairstreak Egg Survey is underway this winter and we are looking for volunteers to help. For more details see our news item below or click here
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.
We are experiencing an outbreak of sickness at Manor Yard and the office is currently closed. This also means we have limited capacity to answer phones and emails.
Please get in touch if you’re interested in helping with a survey of Devon’s hedgerows, hunting for the beautiful eggs of the Brown Hairstreak butterfly. Keen eyes and patience required—but it is very rewarding! No experience necessary, full training and instructions will be provided. Dates to be confirmed. Please get in touch to register your interest. Jenny Plackett @email
Sign up to a free webinar, The Atlas: Mission Accomplished, and learn about the landmark publication – the Atlas of Britain and Ireland’s Larger Moths.
Big Butterfly Count 2020 sees lowest numbers of butterflies recorded in 11 years.
Devon: Work Party - Cliff management at Beer for White Spot moth - POSTPONED until 2021, new date to be advised.
Saturday 28th November 2020, 10:30am-1:30pm
A task to manage the habitat of the Red Data Book White Spot moth, which has a localised colony along the Jurassic Coast in Devon.
Sunday 10th January 2021, 10:30am-2:30pm
Heathfield Reserve near Bovey Tracey
Raking, clearing and coppicing at Teignbridge’s Heathfield reserve to maintain the open and warm heathland there.
Sunday 17th January 2021, 10:30am-2:30pm
Chudleigh Knighton Heath (south end)
Coppicing and scrub clearing close to where a large glade has recently been created and Pearl-bordered Fritillary is present.
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.
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- Branch Organiser