Volunteer Opportunity: Butterfly Conservation

About this opportunity

To help us input into Butterfly Conservation’s national data base by recording butterflies on the estate. This data will then be used to assess the impacts that agricultural techniques and climate change are having upon the British Countryside in the wider world. The data will be used as a biodiversity and environmental barometer at local, national and global level.

Volunteeers will walk a set transect route pre walked and agreed with the warden and record the species of butterfly seen on the route. Training and identification guides will be provided. For this role to be effective and make a significant contribution we ask that you look at this project as long term. Full training will be provided.

Time: Once a week for 25-40 minutes anytime between 11am – 4pm. April – September every year.


  1. Walk and research agreed areas within the Dartington Hall estate
  2. Identify as many butterfly species as possible using Dartington’s ID chart
  3. Record findings
  4. Submit weekly reports to the conservation team at Dartington
  5. Report any concerns

What are we looking for?

– An interest in butterflies and conservation

– Flexible and reliable

– Happy to volunteer alone

– A friendly sociable manner


Practical Considerations

Materials required: Please wear suitable outdoor clothing, comfortable footwear and waterproofs.

Health & safety requirements: Must sign to say you have read and understood all health and safety and risk assessment policies and procedures.

Transport: Drivers will be provided with a parking permit whilst volunteering. If using public transport we are on a Country Bus Service which stops directly opposite the Visitor Centre and Volunteer Hub.

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