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.

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

Latest News

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Events

Northern Ireland: Butterfly Walkers Workshop

Saturday 15th September 2018, 9.45am-3.00pm

Our third annual ‘Thank You’ to volunteers and recorders who support the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme through walking transects and undertaking surveys, although anyone with an interest in butterflies is welcome!

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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!

Make Your Own Moth Trap

Butterfly & Moth Life Cycle Chart For Children

Children's ID Guide For Moths And Their Caterpillars

Create A Butterfly Fuel Station In Your Garden

Create A Munch Box For Caterpillars In Your Garden

Make Your Own Plant Labels