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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday 19th October 2019, 10:00am
Boniface Centre, Crediton Parish Church, Church Lane CREDITON EX17 2AH
Devon Butterfly Conservation MEMBERS’ DAY & AGM
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.
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.
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