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


Devon Branch of Butterfly Conservation runs regular summer field trips throughout the county plus an annual Members’ Day incorporating the AGM and including various interesting speakers and topics. The Devon branch also arranges winter work parties at important Butterfly sites in the county. In addition Devon branch volunteers attend various shows and conservation related events across Devon.  

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.

Many tributes have been paid to John Randall, who died suddenly at the end of April.  Please see just some of them on the News page.




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

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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

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 Winter Work Parties

Sat. 10th Jan: Chudleigh Knighton Heath  Details..

Sat. 17th Jan: Bovey Heathfield  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

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Late November sunshine is enjoyed by Red Admirals

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Rare Moth sighting

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