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.
UK braced for influx of rare continental moths looking for ivy to feed upon
The Red Admiral enjoyed a record summer in this year's Big Butterfly Count...
Gardeners are being urged to keep their eye out for a potential butterfly bonanza this autumn
Meadow Management, Craigavon Lakes, Co. Armagh
Butterfly Conservation and CEDaR (Centre for Environmental Data and Recording) have organised three stand-alone events focusing on surveying and recording.
Join us for an evening talk on the new All-Ireland Butterfly Atlas 2021 by Dr Tomás Murray of the National Biodiversity Data Centre...
Ways to Get Involved!
Butterflies and moths can bring the whole family together, especially during the school holidays. Check out our family-friendly resources: