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Registered office:  Manor Yard, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QP

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Devon Branch Annual Members’ Day

and AGM


Saturday 31st October 2015 10.00 - 4.15 pm

Boniface Centre, Crediton Parish Church


The Secret Lives of Butterflies” - Richard Fox**

 “Investigating Identity Theft” - John Bebbington

 “Life on the Verge” - David Hinde

 Butterflies in Banana Crates- Roger Bristow




Email.  tel. 01837 871 163 or 07885 473050

Click Here for Full Programme

Note: In the AGM business, members will be asked to adopt an updated version of the Branch Rules. Old and new versions can be read on the Branch website:-

**Please note the change of speaker from that previously advertised, due to circumstance beyond our control.  As many of you will know Richard is a most informative and interesting speaker.

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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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

Dragonfly and Small Tortoiseshell - a sad end at Great Plantation Bovey but super photo by David Turrell,

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This year is bringing some good sightings of migrant moths, including this beautiful Striped Hawkmoth from a moth trap run on a farm near Collompton by BC member George Maunder

We are always looking for volunteers to help with the  Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey.  If you would like to help please contact Roger Bristow at For more information click here

Please use the menus or the links above to navigate to the pages describing the butterflies to be found in Devon. For butterflies there are photographs and distribution maps for most species.

Two transect walkers at Aish Tor on Thursday May 7th enjoyed the bonus of watching a female Brimstone dotting her eggs around a mature Alder Buckthorn and then seeing this one actually being laid on the underside of a leaf on a young Alder Buckthorn shoot.

Photo Clive Harris

The Pear20150429 pb frit (1280x960).jpgl-bordered Fritillary is having a good year, at least in Devon, with not only good numbers at the usual sites, but also with specimens appearing at unusual locations.  Does this stem from a good flight period last year, a good summer, a mild winter or the recent unusual warmth? Whatever it is great to see.   More photos..

Photo. Amanda Hunter

Interestingly, the Common Dog-violet, (viola riviniana), seems to be doing extremely well this year too.

On May 10th the first full field trip of the summer at Torrington Commons saw a good turn out of enthusiasts,  more

On Sunday May 17th Devon Branch members enjoyed a joint event with Dorset Branch on a visit to the downland at Cerne Giant.  Key species seen included Duke of Burgundy, Marsh Fritillary, Grizzled and Dingy Skippers.  See the full report from Paul Butter..

Despite the decidedly chilly conditions, visitors enjoyed a good moth night at Hazelwood Farm, Sampford Courtney on May 23rd.  See full report..

On Sat. 30th May the branch site at Lydford Gorge welcomed visitors to see how the Heath Fritillary colony was faring. Sunshine was limited but during brief glimpses good numbers of the butterflies were seen.  Photos..

Sat 6th June saw members and visitors, (some from far afield), enjoy and excellent visit to Langaford Farm  

More + Photos..

undercliffs walk.JPGThe field trip to Whitlands Undercliffs on Sunday 9th August enjoyed an excellent turnout.

Many thanks go to Phil and Martin for arranging the day and to Mr Allhusen for permission to park at Whitlands and traverse his private path to the Undercliffs.  Read more

5. Dark Green Frit - underside showing green colour on lower wings .JPG

On Sun 21st June over 35 people enjoyed a wonderful walk around the slopes of Aish Tor viewing large numbers of Dark Green and High Brown Fritillaries.  

Walk leader John Barkham was a very informative and highly entertaining guide, tirelessly answering the questions about which of these butterflies was which, whilst also finding at least 7 other species of butterfly to admire…More..

6. High Brown Frit - underside showing extra row of white spots edged with rusty brown circles .JPG

Sat 6th June and Sun 7th June saw a very successful Butterfly and Moth event, run jointly with Devon Wildlife Trust at Dunsdon DWT reserve.  

IMG_1846.JPGThe moth night on the Saturday was very well attended and on the Sunday between 20 and 30 people enjoyed the opening of the overnight traps followed by a walk round the reserve, excellently led by Steve Threlkeld, DWT warden.


Devon Branch of Butterfly Conservation runs regular summer field trips throughout the county.  There is an annual Members’ Day, incorporating the AGM, with interesting speakers and topics. The branch arranges winter work parties at important county Butterfly sites and Devon branch volunteers attend various shows and conservation related events across Devon.  

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.



Sat October 31st - Devon Branch Members’ Day

Next Winter Work Parties 2015-2016

Sun. 22nd Nov 2015: Lydford Old Railway reserve 10.30am Details..

Sun. 29th Nov 2015: New Bridge, Teigngrace nr. Newton Abbot 10.30am  Details..

‘All the Moor Butterflies’ Project is gaining momentum

Marsh Fritillary - UPUL1_Ian H Leach.jpg

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Volunteer with Devon Branch

We are always looking for volunteers, click Here for more details.