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.
Julie Williams elected as Butterfly Conservation Chief Executive
Sir David Attenborough warns of a critical summer for butterflies
Butterfly man awarded in Queen's Birthday Honours list
Join Butterfly Conservation NI at this 24-hour BioBlitz where we will be asking you to help us record all the wildlife you find in the area, including butterflies and moths!
Join the Northern Ireland Branch at this RHS Britain in Bloom inHillsborough with Castlereagh Borough Council. We want to encourage more people to plant and manage their gardens for wildlife. There’ll be lots of information and motivation handed out for children to grown-ups. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count - why not download a...
Northern Ireland: Rural Crafts and Cultural Traditions with Ulster Wildlife’s ‘Save our Magnificent Meadows’ project
Join the Northern Ireland Branch at Ulster Wildlife Trust's ‘Save our Magnificent Meadows’ project to learn about rural crafts and cultural traditions. There will be a chance to see and practice some traditional meadow management practices including scything. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count - why not download a...
Ways to Get Involved!
Butterflies and moths can bring the whole family together, especially during the school holidays. Check out our family-friendly resources: