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"
Species to look out for
As we move through Spring more and more butterflies will be on the wing. Check out our Sightings page to find out which butterflies have been seen where and don't forget to use email address on that page if you want to tell us about your sightings.
Our latest newsletter is the Spring 22 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.
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.
Moth enthusiasts, conservationists and the public will be heading for the woods for the UK's largest annual Moth Night event - running on days and nights from 19th - 21st May.
TV gardener, and Butterfly Conservation's Vice-president, Alan Titchmarsh, calls on people to create a Pit Stop for Pollinators this spring, and provide butterflies and moths with the plants they need for survival.
Scotland’s lowland bogs are vital habitat for butterflies and moths, but sadly many are in poor condition due to historic drainage for agriculture and forestry.
Dr Richard Fox has been part of Butterfly Conservation for almost 24 years. Now Head of Science, we met with Richard to discuss his role and the importance of recording and collecting data, as well as his own love of butterflies and moths.
Friday 27th May 2022, 9:00pm
Moth event at Grendon Farm
Sunday 3rd July 2022, 10:30am-2:30pm
Ashclyst Forest Gate car park
Guided walk at Ashclyst Forest best known for the White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillaries and Scarlet Tiger moths
Sunday 10th July 2022, 1:30pm-4:00pm
Orley Common, Ipplepen near Newton Abbot
Guided walk at Orley Common, Ipplepen near Newton Abbot for target species of Brown Argus, Wall and a good selection of grassland butterflies.
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