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
Join us for our Butterflies of the Lake District webinar and learn about the common and rare species you can find here. Plus, by signing up you'll be helping fund on-the-ground conservation work in nearby Morecambe Bay.
A new project called Kent’s Magnificent Moths will save and celebrate some of the UK’s most unique and special moths which are found in the county.
In the wake of the inter-supermarket caterpillar cake debacle, Iceland has announced it will launch brand-new Iceland Bonny the Butterfly Cakes to promote the importance of biodiversity, with all profits going to Butterfly Conservation.
Residents of Norton in Stourbridge are set to see a boost to numbers of the striking Scarlet Tiger moth thanks to a £3,938 grant from Ibstock Enovert Trust (IET).
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.