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.
Collector convicted of catching and killing the UK's rarest butterfly
Butterflies in towns and cities declining faster than their countryside counterparts
Some of the UK's best-loved birds and butterflies could be wiped out as there is not enough habitat for them to cope with the effects of a warming climate.
Join us for our annual get together to look back at the previous recording year!
Join us to learn more about the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey
Come to hear George Tordoff, BC officer for Wales, talk about his adventures surveying lepidoptera
Ways to Get Involved!
Butterflies and moths can bring the whole family together, especially during the school holidays. Check out our family-friendly resources: