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.
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
Alan Titchmarsh is calling on gardeners to make a metre for wildlife this summer by providing a refuge for struggling butterflies, moths and other pollinators.
Saturday 21st July 2018: 1pm
Washing Bay/Peatlands Park
Northern Ireland Branch Big Butterfly Count walk to see Purple Hairstreak at Washing Bay and Peatlands Park. Lead by Ian Rippy.
Saturday 15th September 2018, 9.45am-3.00pm
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island, Craigavon
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!
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