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.
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Join the Branch in Hannahstown and to learn how to record and monitor butterflies. The workshop includes a guided butterfly walk...
The Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS) is a survey designed to capture how butterflies are faring in the wider countryside, outside our nature reserves and species-rich areas. This workshop will...
Join the Northern Ireland Branch on a visit to Cushleake Mountain, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which has been described as probably the best upland bog that the National Trust owns in the whole of the UK...
Ways to Get Involved!
Butterflies and moths can bring the whole family together, especially during the school holidays. Check out our family-friendly resources: