iRecord Butterflies 4+

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Designed for iPad

    • 4.6 • 263 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 2.3.1

Fixed user login issues.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
263 Ratings

263 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?…

Maxey John ,

IRecord app

If you want to get interested in butterflies this is a wonderful app. If you have a camera or phone with you you can then check your finds over a coffee later. Really interesting especially when you see a new one for the first time.

AdaInPendle ,

I record butterflies

This is a marvellous app. It helps to identify and then record butterflies. I like the feature that it tells you what you are likely to see for a particular area. There are quick links to detailed identification.

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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