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 Dark Green Fritillary of the year spotted on Aish Tor June 8th and first High Brown Fritillary in Heddon Valley June 9th - 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.
Despite 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..
On Sunday 12th June members from Devon and Dorset braved the early rain showers to enjoy a pleasant walk around Ashclyst forest, led by John Barham, to see Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries nectaring on buttercups in the afternoon sunshine.