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.
Species to look out for
Find out more
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.
If you want to ID a moth you've seen or to find out more about the moths you can find all over Ireland, please visit the Moths of Ireland website.
Numbers of one of the UK’s best known garden butterflies have plummeted this summer despite the record-breaking hot weather, results from the Big Butterfly Count have revealed.
Scottish Ministers have “called-in” plans for a golf course at Coul Links near Embo, East Sutherland after deciding that the case is of ‘national importance’.
History fans are being asked to take a closer look at castles this summer in a bid to track the changing fortunes of one of the UK’s most striking and overlooked butterflies.
The Prince of Wales has recorded dozens of butterflies while taking part in the world’s largest butterfly survey at his home in Highgrove, Gloucestershire.
Friday 28th September 2018, 7.00pm-10.00pm
Ulster Museum, Belfast
We celebrate Trevor, who sadly left us in 2010, every two years with a special scientific lecture in partnership with the Belfast Naturalists’ Field Club, of which Trevor was also a very dedicated and enthusiastic member.
Saturday 29th September 2018, 10.30am-3.30pm
Lagan Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre, Belfast
Join us for an introduction to leaf miners for beginners
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