Devon Branch Butterfly Conservation

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Butterfly Conservation: Company limited by guarantee, registered in England(2206468)

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

Charity registered in England & Wales (254397) and in Scotland (SCO39268)

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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Fri. 20th May: Andrews Wood nr. Loddiswell Moth Trapping 9.00pm  Details

Sun. 22nd May: Meeth Quarry DWT Reserve 11.00am Details

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

Photo David Turrell

‘All the Moor Butterflies’ Project is gaining momentum

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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

15/05 Marsh Fritillary

08/05 Common Blue, Dingy Skipper

07/05 Wood White

04/05 & 08/05 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

30/04 Wall

19/04 Pearl-bordered Fritillary

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

Latest - First Pearl-bordered Fritillary of the year spotted on Ramshorn Down April 19th - all recorders, (and others) take note.

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.

PLbreach0116.jpgHalf a dozen volunteers from Devon and Somerset assembled at Little Breach for a work session on 17th January. Tasks included cutting & raking the lower field, removing saplings, coppicing small trees and clearing out the fence lines. Work progressed well until 2 p.m. when rain arrived.

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A small but dedicated group were rewarded with some dry weather for the winter work party at Bovey Heathfield on the 10th Jan (although it was still very wet underfoot)…..more

Chudleigh Knighton Heath management day 24th Jan. 2016

P1010010chudleigh2016.jpg12 people helped to open up a clearing in a scrubbed over glade at Chudleigh Knighton Heath near Bovey Tracey. Pearl-bordered Fritillary was last seen here 2 or 3 years ago when the glade was more open and the butterfly should now have a better chance of breeding here once again.  Other colonies are present not too far away. Younger trees and scrub were removed by volunteers and some larger trees were chainsawed by DWT staff to create space. Flail & collect machinery will be used to remove some thick bracken layers to expose ground for violets and other flowers to flourish again.

Did you catch the recent interview with Jenny Plackett on Radio Devon? Jenny,(Two Moors Threatened Butterfly Project Officer - Butterfly Conservation), explained the conservation management that has been undertaken in Haldon Forest to help one of our most threatened butterfly species, the Pearl-bordered Fritillary.  If you missed the interview, and you can play mp3 files on your computer/tablet/etc you may hear it here