It’s really easy to support the atlas – whenever you see a butterfly and know what it is, please submit the record to us here:

If you need help identifying a butterfly, please see our Ireland’s Butterflies page or email us a photo at



If you’re already involved with one of our monitoring schemes then thank you (!) and keep going as you are already making a valuable contribution to the atlas. In addition, we’ve adopted a ‘checkerboard’ design to help evenly spread recording effort across the island of Ireland consisting of high- and low-priority 10 km2 squares.

Over the next five years we need your help in recording butterflies in these squares, but how you survey in each 10 km2 depends on whether it’s a high- or low-priority square. Click on each to find out more and where to send your information:

High Priority Square Low Priority Square


To find out which high- and low-priority squares are close to you, please take a look at our county plans or click here for a high resolution map.

Butterfly Atlas County Plans 2019 (5.8 MB)

Individual County Plans

Antrim Armagh Carlow Cavan Clare Cork
Derry Donegal Down Dublin Fermanagh Galway
Kerry Kildare Kilkenny Laois Leitrim Limerick
Longford Louth Mayo Meath Monaghan Offaly
Roscommon Sligo Tipperary Tyrone Waterford Westmeath
Wexford Wicklow


Downloadable list of activity across low- and high-priority squares

If you are surveying a high priority square, please email us at and let us know so we can add your name to the register below.

Register of Low- and High Priority Squares

(MS Excel 35 KB, 01/05/2019)