These two woodlands are seldom visited by BCNI and are certainly under-recorded in terms of lepidoptera. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.
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.
Join our third joint meeting with Butterfly Conservation Ireland in the Lepidopteran rich Kilbranish Wood. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.
Join us in search of some migrant moths in the beautiful Kilcoan Gardens
Wildlife lovers are being asked to help map the butterflies of County Tyrone and the West in a bid to discover how they are faring in the area.
More than three-quarters of the UK’s butterflies have declined in the last 40 years with some common species suffering significant slumps, a major scientific study has revealed.
A giant moth whose tongue is longer than its body has been seen in Northern Ireland for the first time in three years, Butterfly Conservation can reveal.
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: