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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Scientists have discovered that moths may play a much broader role as plant pollinators than previously suspected.
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.
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.
Saturday 6th July 2019, 11:00am-4:00pm
Botany and Zoology at Killard Nature Reserve
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.