Northern Ireland Branch

Murlough Northern Ireland

Species to look out for

Welcome

Cryptic Wood White by Robert ThompsonWelcome 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.

Events

Northern Ireland: Butterfly Conservation Stand @ Omagh Show

Saturday 2nd July 2016, 9.00am-5.00pm

Come and find Butterfly Conservation’s stand at the Omagh Show... we’ll be promoting the upcoming Big Butterfly Count which runs 15th July - 7th August this year. Come and ‘have a go’ at moth identification and hear about the life cycle of our butterflies and moths and what you can do to help them in your garden or on the farm. There’ll be advice on how to garden for Lepidopteras, we’ll be promoting our ‘Pots for Pollinators’ initiative and there’ll be fun colouring-in fact sheets for young keen naturalists.

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Latest News

40 year slump for UK Butterflies

More than three-quarters of the UK’s butterflies have declined in the last 40 years with some common species suffering significant slumps, a major scientific study has revealed.

The giant returns to Northern Ireland

A giant moth whose tongue is longer than its body has been seen in Northern Ireland for the first time in three years, Butterfly Conservation can reveal.

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Sightings

Test thumb 2Spotted a butterfly in Northern Ireland and want to tell us? You can view or add your own butterfly and moth sightings here.

If you want to take a recording sheet out with you the next time you go on a walk, you can download one for Moths or one for Butterflies.

You can also contact our recorders directly:

 

We work with the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording to collate all of our online records.

CEDar

Ways to Get Involved!