Northern Ireland Branch

Murlough Northern Ireland

Species to look out for


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.


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.


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Northern Ireland: Cavehill Big Butterfly Count and Safari

Saturday 15th July 2017, 10am-3pm

Join the Northern Ireland Branch and the Cavehill Conservation Campaign to launch the 2017 Big Butterfly Count. This is a family-friendly morning exploring the grounds below Belfast Castle, before a slightly more strenuous afternoon with highly skilled and experienced local guide Cormac Hamill, exploring the nooks and crannies of Cavehill...

Northern Ireland: Butterflies & Moths at Drumnaph Nature Reserve

Thursday 20th July 2017, 10am-3pm

Join the Northern Ireland Branch at Drumnaph Nature Reserve (Maghera, north-west of Antrim). Drumnaph is a collaboration between the Woodland Trust and Carntogher Community Association, consisting of arange of habitats. Conservation grazing, allotment gardening and traditional skills classes are just some of...

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