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.

Events

Northern Ireland: Crom Joint Field Trip With BC Ireland

Saturday 1st August 2015: 10.30am

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.

Northern Ireland: Lúnasa Festival Butterfly Safari

Thursday 6th August 2015, 11.00am-4.00pm

As part of the Lúnasa Festival and the Big Butterfly Count, we have teamed up with Ring of Gullion to invite you and your family, to join us on a butterfly safari among the rich heritage of the Ring of Gullion area

Northern Ireland: Mount Eagles Bat And Moth Night

Friday 7th August 2015: 7pm

Join us to discover the secret lives of moths and learn how to trap moths; a few moth traps will be available to borrow to discover which of these amazing creatures live in your back garden!

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Latest News

Is Your Garden Home To A Rare Beauty?

People living in the Mourne area are being asked to help Butterfly Conservation find one of Ireland’s rarest moths - the Beautiful Brocade.

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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

Ways to Get Involved!