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 helps you to identify the butterflies that you see, but also uses your sightings to help save butterflies.

Sightings will be stored within the “iRecord” website and passed onto the “Butterflies for the New Millennium” national recording scheme run by the charity Butterfly Conservation, with support from the Biological Records Centre. This long-running scheme has gathered millions of butterfly sightings that provide vital information about how the fortunes of butterflies have changed over the decades. Your sightings will be used to understand the causes of decline and to inform conservation work on the ground to help threatened species.

Scientists could not do this work without the help of people across the UK, like you, reporting when and where they find a species.

What’s New

Version 1.1.3

Updated version - to fix for several small bugs in later operating systems

Ratings and Reviews

2.9 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Lady Red 25 ,

Keeps crashing

Nice app i.e easy to use but it keeps failing to load which is tiresome. Eventually I had reinstalled it in the hope that will sort out the problem

posthouse ,

No longer fit for purpose

What was a useful app has become irritating. It crashes for no good reason. It freezes. It loses your sightings and it loses your favourites, thus negating the usefulness of these features. It asks you repeatedly to login to submit the sightings. It is virtually unusable in its current form. Existing users like me may persevere but new users would soon drop it. It desperately needs updating.

00pointless ,

Not worth unloading

Can no longer access maps to locate sites needs complete overall before I will start using again. Shame as it used to work well, but has always had issues over level of scrutiny


Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
84.8 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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