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


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.

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  • Spring Butterflies and Moths Morning

    Saturday 20th April 2024, 10:00am-12:00pm

    Broughgammon Farm

    Join us at Broughgammon Farm to celebrate Spring through butterflies and moths!

  • BC's Northern Ireland Recorder's Day (NIRD)

    Saturday 27th April 2024, 10:00am-2:30pm

    Cultra Manor House

    Butterfly Conservation's annual recorders day is an opportunity for people to get together to hear about and share information on species conservation, recording schemes, atlasing projects and volunteer recording.  To book a FREE place, please use the following link 


  • Cryptic Wood White and other Whites ID and Survey Workshop: Online Event

    Tuesday 7th May 2024, 12:30pm-1:15am


    Join us for the first in a series of weekly species information/ID workshops! The first on our list is the famous Cryptic Wood White Butterfly as well as the other 'whites'. 

See all our upcoming events


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.

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Contact branch

  • Chairman
    Adam Mantell
  • Branch Contact & Membership Secretary
    Hannah Fullerton
  • Treasurer
    Cliff Henry
  • General Enquiries