We're hosting a joint event with Butterfly Conservation Ireland to the scenic Crom Estate, Fermanagh. Crom hosts a rich number of butterfly and moth species, in particular we will be looking out for the Purple Hairstreak.
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.
Explore the Lepidoptera of Larchfield Estate. Meet 10am at Hillsborough Forest Park car park, for onward travel to Larchfield (car sharing encouraged). Moths traps will be set the previous night and opened on Saturday morning.
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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.
Ways to Get Involved!
Butterflies and moths can bring the whole family together, especially during the school holidays. Check out our family-friendly resources: