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)

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.  

Saturday 17th January saw 12 welcome volunteers set to at the work day at Bovey Heathfield.

See News page for photos.


A further successful winter work party took place at Chudleigh Knighton Heath on Saturday 10th January when a few determined volunteers braved the early morning rain and wind to continue December’s good work. Photos on News page.

This season’s winter work parties got underway with some energetic raking at Lydford on the 22nd November, followed a couple of week’s later by a management day at Chudleigh Knighton Heath.  Photos on News page.

October 2014 - around 80 members enjoyed a very successful ‘AGM and Members Day’ with a most interesting programme of speakers.  See News page for comments and photos..

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.





Welcome to the Devon Branch of Butterfly Conservation

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

Not a member, take advantage of half price membership offer, and click here to join

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.


Next Summer Events

Fri 24th April: Pearl-bordered and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary workshop  Details..

Sun 10th May: Great Torrington Commons 1.00pm  Details..

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

First sightings for 2015  

See Latest sightings for info on what has been spotted to date and where

Rare Moth sighting 2014

An Accent Gem trapped at Exmouth, 29 Oct was only the 2nd British record. See  

See Archived sightings 2014

big butterfly count 2014  The results are now available.

Peacock topped the list in England, followed by Gatekeeper and then Small White. For the full results click here