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 (254937) 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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Sat. 16th July: Okehampton Old Park moths 9.00pm  More..

Sun. 17th July: Bovey Valley Woodlands 1.30pm  More..

Sun. 24th July: Little Breach, Devon Branch Reserve 1.30pm More..

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

11/07 Purple Hairstreak

04/07 Silver-washed Fritillary

02/07 Small Skipper

28/06 Grayling

27/06 Gatekeeper

24/06 White Admiral

23/06 Ringlet

22/06 Marbled White

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.

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 Barham, to see Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries nectaring on buttercups in the  afternoon sunshine.