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.
Survey reveals 2016 was the fourth worst year on record for UK butterflies
Butterfly collector sentenced for killing the UK's rarest butterfly
Butterfly Conservation involved in partnership that will help threatened species come back for the brink of extinction
Join the Branch at the National Trust’s Mount Stewart Estate to learn how to record and monitor butterflies. The workshop includes a guided butterfly walk
Join the Northern Ireland Branch on a walk where we shall be looking for Holly Blue and Orange Tip butterflies, with the possibility also of Green Hairstreak...
Join the Branch and the National Trust at Portstewart Golf Club, to learn how to record and monitor butterflies.The workshop includes a guided butterfly walk.
Ways to Get Involved!
Butterflies and moths can bring the whole family together, especially during the school holidays. Check out our family-friendly resources: