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.

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

Latest News

All the better for moorland butterflies

The decline of three of the UK’s most threatened butterflies could be reversed across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset with the launch of a ground-breaking conservation project.

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Events

Northern Ireland: Records Amnesty Day

Wednesday 7th December 2016, 10.30am-3.00pm

CEDaR and Butterfly Conservation have organised a number of ‘data amnesty’ days to help wildlife recorders submit their data. We want your records and will give you as much help as you need to input them! We’d love to see you - just bring your- self and your notebook.

Northern Ireland: Bowara Work Party

Wednesday 14th December 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm

Join Butterfly Conservation and Ulster Wildlife’s ‘Saving our Magnificent Meadows’ project in managing an important site for the endangered Dingy Skipper butterfly. Make a difference while enjoying fresh air and good company!

Northern Ireland: Bowara Winter Warmer Work Party

Saturday 7th January 2017, 10.30am-4.00pm

Join Butterfly Conservation and Ulster Wildlife’s ‘Saving our Magnificent Meadows’ project in managing an important site for the endangered Dingy Skipper butterfly. Make a difference while enjoying fresh air and good company!

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Ways to Get Involved!