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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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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

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Volunteer with Devon Branch

We are always looking for volunteers, click Here for more 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

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

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 appears to have had a good year 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 have done extremely well this year too.

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.


“By October the  main summer nectar sources are starting to dry up, however nectar feeding  in October can still be a vital task for late season butterflies. At this time of year fallen fruit in orchards  and gardens and hedgerows can all provide a valuable source of nectar, so don’t be in too much of a hurry to tidy these away and you may be rewarded  with sightings of late season Red Admirals  gorging themselves“

Butterfly Conservation National AGM, Cobham 14 November 2015

Jenny Evans, from Devon Branch, as one of 6 recipients, receiving a Butterfly Conservation’s ‘Outstanding Volunteer Award 2015’ from Dr Jim Asher, BC Chairman.


Devon Branch AGM and Members’ Day at the end of October saw an excellent turnout, with members and guests enjoying a most interesting and varied programme of talks.  More…

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