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.

Find out more 

Painted Lady - Iain H Leach

Butterfly and moth sightings

Spotted 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.

Elephant Hawk-moth - Shane Farrell

Moths of Ireland

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.






Chairman's Report 2015 - 2016
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Treasurer's Report 2016
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  • Latest trends in butterfly indicators revealed

    In the UK, since 1976, the habitat specialists butterflies index has fallen by 77%, whilst wider countryside abundance is down by 46%.

  • March of the micros

    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.

  • Extinct butterfly flies again

    The Chequered Skipper has been returned to England after 40 year absence

  • Titchmarsh: “Make a metre for pollinators”

    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.


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

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