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.
In the UK, since 1976, the habitat specialists butterflies index has fallen by 77%, whilst wider countryside abundance is down by 46%.
An increasing number of new moth species are arriving and settling in the UK as a result of the global reach of the horticultural trade and the changing climate, moth experts today revealed.
The Chequered Skipper has been returned to England after 40 year absence
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about why and how to trap and record moths.
Northern Ireland branch outing to Ballynahone Bog targeting the Large Heath. Lead by Donna Rainey.
Northern Ireland Branch Outing Targeting Purple Hairstreak at Washing Bay and Peatlands Park. Lead by Ian Rippy.
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!