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.

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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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  • Northern Ireland: Lough Erne’s ‘Amazing Pollinator’s’ – Wildflower Seed Collection for Habitats and Pollinators

    Saturday 24th August 2019, 10:00am-1:00pm

    National Trust’s Florence Court Estate, Florence Court, Co. Fermanagh BT92 1DB at the Education Room, Courtyard.

    Join us for a free workshop on seed collection and habitat creation at the National Trust's Florence Court Estate - you'll also get a chance to practice what you've learnt when we head outside and hopefully see some pollinators!

  • Northern Ireland: Marsh Fritillary Workshop

    Thursday 5th September 2019, 10:30am-2:00pm

    RSPB’s Portmore Lough Nature Reserve, Co. Antrim BT67 0DW

    Everyone is welcome to book on to this free workshop, which will provide training on how to identify, survey and monitor both the Marsh Fritillary butterfly and the habitat it relies on.

    There will be an indoor classroom session followed by an outdoor survey practical - book today!

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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.