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. The full list of priority and non-priority squares can be downloaded in excel form by clicking here:  Download full list of 10km squares.

Butterfly Atlas County Plans 2019 (5.8 MB)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.

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 overview of priority squares and monitoring undertaken up to end of 2019

There is a need to increase the coverage in high priority squares.  The speadsheet below highlights the 10km priority squares across the island of Ireland, and shows the total number of species recorded in each, and which is or has been monitored through one of the monitoring schemes. If you would like to take on a monitoring site please at and let us know.

Download an overview of recording and monitoring activities

(MS Excel 119 KB, 01/04/2020)