iRecord Butterflies 4+

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 401 Ratings
    • Free



Butterflies are in trouble. A third of UK species are threatened and three-quarters are in decline. Butterfly recording is the foundation for protecting these beautiful creatures. The iRecord Butterflies app has been developed by the charity Butterfly Conservation and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to help you identify the butterflies that you see and to submit your sightings through iRecord so that they can be used to protect butterflies and the environment.

The app uses your location and the time of year to help with identification, presenting the butterflies that you are most likely to see at the top of the list. It has galleries of colour photographs showing all UK butterflies, at all stages of their life cycles, and tips to help with the identification of difficult species. You can use the app to record a single butterfly or create a list of different species seen during a visit to a site.

Over half a million sightings have already been submitted through the iRecord Butterflies app and are being used by scientists and conservationists to provide vital information about how the fortunes of UK butterflies have changed over the decades. Your sightings will be used to help understand the causes of decline and to inform conservation action on the ground to help threatened species.

What’s New

Version 2.5.4

Updated libraries.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
401 Ratings

401 Ratings

Blitz 880 ,


I love butterflies and take part every year in the butterfly count. I was pleased to see a year round count/app and downloaded it at first sight. The app has a super identifier section but when it comes to recording things start to go terribly wrong. In short the app point blank refuses to accept the location of the sighting rendering the whole point of the thing as useless. What is wrong with you app people? If we can’t record sightings what is the point of a recording app?…

HaydonSue ,

Helpful and easy to use

This is a great app, very user friendly. It shows the butterflies in your area for the current time of year which makes identification much easier.
I have spent the last year and a half making my garden into a butterfly friendly area. My efforts have paid off and it’s great to be able to record my sightings and make a very small contribution to the national monitoring of these beautiful creatures.

Johnny Polygonia c-album ,

A really useful App for butterfly fans !

This is a very user-friendly App for rapidly and systematically identifying UK butterflies and recording relevant data, such as the geographical position where the butterfly was seen. You can easily add a mobile phone photo of the butterfly to your record and quickly upload everything to the iRecord website. I strongly recommend this App !

App Privacy

The developer, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More

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