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Welcome to the Devon Branch of Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Conservation is a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of butterflies and moths.

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Sat. 22nd October: Members’ Day & AGM Crediton   Details

First winter Conservation Day

Sun. 13th November: Chudleigh Knighton Heath 10.30am  More

WLHairstreak (2).JPGWhite-letter Hairstreak, an excellent sighting in Plymouth

Photo Tor Elm

P1090235 (2).JPGPearl-bordered Fritillary egg-laying on violet - Aish Tor

Photo David Turrell

‘All the Moor Butterflies’ Project is gaining momentum

Marsh Fritillary - UPUL1_Ian H Leach.jpg

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Volunteer with Devon Branch

There are various, interesting, opportunities for volunteers


We are always looking for help with the  Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey contact Roger Bristow

 Latest Sightings  see all

10/09 Long-tailed Blue

04/08 Brown Hairstreak

19/07 White-letter Hairstreak

11/07 Purple Hairstreak

04/07 Silver-washed Fritillary

02/07 Small Skipper

28/06 Grayling

43 Species of butterfly can regularly be seen in Devon, including the High Brown Fritillary shown



Devon is an excellent county for moths, day-flying and night-flying, common and rare


Management of reserves and important butterfly sites, work parties and recording


Devon branch conservation activities include offering advice to the public and to landowners on conserving and protecting butterflies, managing the Butterfly Conservation reserves at Lydford Gorge and Little Breach and collecting and compiling records of butterflies in Devon. The branch shares close links with Devon Moth Group in support of the interests of all Lepidoptera.

P1080356.JPGDespite unpromising weather at the start, this year’s new Event at Haldon Forest turned out really well and everyone had opportunities photograph the target species, Pearl-bordered Fritillary (including a very cooperative mating pair)More


Twelve members of Butterfly Conservation, led by Colin Sargent, had a very interesting afternoon at Lydford reserve on May 28,  More..

ashclyst early june.jpgOn Sunday 12th June members from Devon and Dorset braved the early rain showers to enjoy a pleasant  walk around Ashclyst forest, led by John Barkham, to see Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries nectaring on buttercups in the  afternoon sunshine.

WhiteAdmiral1.jpgThe field event on Sunday 17th July was to Bovey Woods, where 16 butterfly species were recorded, the first sighting being a White Admiral which, most obligingly, landed in the car park.  More..

Photo Steph Murphy

2 successful moth events took place in the first part of July, at Abbeyford Woods on July 2nd and at Okehampton Woods on July 16th with some interesting records at each.  More..

DHinde2.jpgMany members will have been saddened to hear of the sudden death recently of David Hinde. David was an active member of the committee as Conservation Officer and in his role at Little Breach Reserve.


BC members were guests of Kingskerswell Natural History Society (KNHS) for the visit to Kerswell Downs, nr Kinkerswell, on August 14thwhere there was a good turnout of 34 people, from both organisations… More

For Your Diary

Devon Branch Members’ Day & AGM 2016

Saturday 22nd October

Boniface Centre Crediton

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Aberrations/variants of Silver-washed Fritillary seen this year

nigricans Kingscott woods nr Torrington

Photo David Thorne

valezina Aylesbeare common                              

Photo David Turrell

Recently  -Long-tailed Blue Dawlish 10.9.16.jpg  a surprising sighting for Luke Harman in his Dawlish garden, this Long-tailed Blue, posing for a photograph.

After a decidedly mixed summer, a welcome late flush of butterfy sightings has included 12 Small Copper 6 Common Blue at Dawlish Warren, Red Admirals, Painted Ladies and Small Tortoiseshells in a Tiverton garden, a Small Copper, 12 Common Blue, 3 Small Heath, plus Red Admirals and Meadow Browns at Braunton Burrows, all mid-September; Red Admirals, Peacock, Common Blue, Painted Lady, Wall, near Brixham and 15 Red Admirals on flowering ivy, Barnstaple, early October.  See Sightings