Welcome

Cryptic Wood White - James O'Neill

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.


Get involved 

Argent & Sable - Iain H Leach

Volunteering

Volunteers are hugely important to Butterfly Conservation. Getting involved with surveying and monitoring butterfly and moth species in your garden or out in the wider landscape directly helps inform our work and projects.

Large Heath - Tim Melling

Branch events

Butterfly Conservation Northern Ireland’s Branch run events throughout the year, mirroring the season that’s in it. From summer field trips, winter talks and lectures to practical conservation, the varied and interesting programme is worth investigating and everyone is welcome.

Wall (male/upperside)

Do it yourself

There is an awful lot that you can do yourself, or with your friends and family for butterflies, moths and the environment. Starting at home, in your community or workplace makes your practice more sustainable in every sense and your projects are more likely to succeed too.

Find out more

News

  • Butterflies bounce back in heatwave summer

    UK butterflies bounced back in 2018 following a string of poor years, thanks in part to last year’s heatwave summer, a study has revealed.

  • Street lights affect wildflower pollination

    Street lighting operating all night can alter the natural pollination of a common wildflower, a study involving Butterfly Conservation (BC) has revealed.

  • Environment Bill

    In July 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the Government would bring forward an Environment Bill. Butterfly Conservation (BC) understand that Defra are working on the draft of the Bill, to cover England and reserved matters in devolved countries, and this will be published before Christmas.

  • The nocturnal pollinators: scientists reveal the secret life of moths

    Scientists have discovered that moths may play a much broader role as plant pollinators than previously suspected.

Catch up on all our news

Events

  • BCNI joint outing with Belfast Naturalist Field Club

    Saturday 1st June 2019, 10:15am-3:30pm

    Slievenacloy, Co. Antrim, Flowbog Rd entrance

    BNFC Joint Outings Slievenacloy, Co. Antrim Saturday 1st June, 10:15, Flowbog Rd entrance (J248709) Killard, Co. Down Saturday 6th July, 11:00, north entrance (J598440) two of Belfast Naturalists  this year. Michael Meharg leads the Slievenacloy trip including a BBQ!  Rain or shine, and hopefully butterflies too. 

  • Marsh Fritillary in Co. Fermanagh

    Saturday 8th June 2019, 10:30am-3:30pm

    Meet at the Round 'O' car park, The Brook, Enniskillen BT74 7BF

    Marsh Fritillary in Co. Fermanagh, Meet at The Round '0' Car Park. 

  • BCNI joint outing with Belfast Naturalist Field Club- Killard NNR

    Saturday 6th July 2019, 11:00am-4:00pm

    Killard NNR

    Botany and Zoology at Killard Nature Reserve

     

See all our upcoming events

Twitter

Volunteer with us

Butterfly Conservation relies on the support of thousands of volunteers, and we are always looking for more help inside the office and out in the field. Whether you want to volunteer at a local branch, get outside and help manage our nature reserves, or help with one of our events, we have something for everyone to get involved in! Your time can make a real difference.

Find out how to get involved.