Species to look out for
Welcome to the Northern Ireland Branch of Butterfly Conservation, which was first formed in 1988 and currently has more than 300 members.
If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Northern Ireland branch.
Northern Ireland is home to around 1000 species of moth and 25 species of butterfly, with almost half of these being priority species.
One of these, the Cryptic Wood White (thought to be Real's Wood White until recent research proved it to be a new species entirely) is only found in Northern Ireland. Craigavon Lakes Local Nature Reserve in County Armagh is the very best place to visit to see this butterfly on the wing during May and June.
Spotted a butterfly in Northern Ireland and want to tell us? You can view or add your own butterfly and moth sightings here.
You can also contact our recorders directly:
We work with the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording to collate all of our online records.
BCNI Autumn Newsletter 2016 PDF download
Committee changes, Branch successes and annual update.
White-letter Hairstreak discovered in Scotland for the first time in 130 years
Julie Williams has been elected as the new Chief Executive of wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation (BC), taking on the role after Dr Martin Warren OBE retired from the post last year.
Sir David Attenborough has warned that UK butterflies face a critical summer after a string of poor years has seen the numbers of many common species decline.
Join the Northern Ireland Branch at this community event celebrating the opening of a biodiversity trail with story-telling, crafts and of course, woodland butterflies and moths...
Join the Northern Ireland Branch on the Magilligan peninsula, where we hope to see Common Blue, Small Copper, Vanessids and perhaps one or more migrant butterflies...
Join the Northern Ireland Branch at Ulster Wildlife’s Stradkilly Nature Reserve for European Heritage Open Day. To celebrate nature and heritage for EHOD, we’re heading to Stradkilly to look at beneficial woodland management. We’ll help with some practical work but also get to hear about ...
Ways to Get Involved!
Butterflies and moths can bring the whole family together, especially during the school holidays. Check out our family-friendly resources: