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.
Survey reveals 2016 was the fourth worst year on record for UK butterflies
Butterfly collector sentenced for killing the UK's rarest butterfly
Butterfly Conservation involved in partnership that will help threatened species come back for the brink of extinction
There are no events scheduled for the requested area. Field events are mostly held during the summer months and are arranged in the early spring.
Ways to Get Involved!
Butterflies and moths can bring the whole family together, especially during the school holidays. Check out our family-friendly resources: