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.
The Chequered Skipper has been returned to England after 40 year absence
Alan Titchmarsh is calling on gardeners to make a metre for wildlife this summer by providing a refuge for struggling butterflies, moths and other pollinators.
Major study reveals another tough summer for UK butterflies
Northern Ireland Small Blue Expedition - Late May, Monawilkin: meet at Field Study Centre, off Doagh Road, H 088 529. The re-discovery of the Small Blue at Monawilkin by BCNI branch member Bobbie Hamill and the NIEA Habitats Survey team was the highlight of 2017.
Northern Ireland's first outing of the season is in partnership with the Belfast Naturalists’ Field Club and the Federation of Irish Field Clubs.
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about why and how to trap and record moths.
Ways to Get Involved!
Butterflies and moths can bring the whole family together, especially during the school holidays. Check out our family-friendly resources:
Get involved in the Ireland Butterfly Atlas Project!