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Saturday 16th February 2019
Scrub clearing at Crabtree/Lullybeg Reserve, County Kildare.
Meet on site at 11:00 am for habitat creation for the Brimstone, Dingy Skipper and other species. We will uproot saplings and cut back re-growth encroaching on part of the site and place cleared material in piles. Please bring work gloves, boots and loppers.
Directions: This is reached from Allenwood by taking the R414 west and crossing Shee Bridge 1km from Allenwood on the left. Continue for 4 km and the Bog of Allen Nature Centre is on the right. Turn right here and continue for 100 metres to T-junction. Turn left here along the track and continue. Pass through three gates. After the third gate, turn sharp left along rough forest track for 500 metres when you will see the sign for the reserve. The site grid reference is N687 256. See Discovery Series 49.
Date: Saturday 18th May 2019
Walk on North Bull Island, County Dublin.
Meeting at 12 noon.
In recent years, the North Bull Island has held a remarkable population of the Marsh Fritillary butterfly. It emerges early here and may be seen flying in beautiful orchid-rich habitat.
Directions: Drive northbound on M50. Continue on N32 all the way to the coast at Baldoyle. At the T-Junction, turn right onto the R106. At the Sutton Cross turn right onto the R105 and continue on this road to the North Bull Island Causeway. Park as near the roundabout as possible. We will meet adjacent to the roundabout and walk to the site. The grid reference for the roundabout/meeting point is O 2330237058. See Discovery Series 50.
Target Species: Orange-tip, Common Blue, Marsh Fritillary, Small Heath etc.
Moth Night Friday 24th May 2019/Moth morning Saturday 25th May at Lullymore Heritage Park, Lullymore, County Kildare followed by Walk on Crabtree Reserve-see event following.
Traps will be set at 9pm on Friday 24th May and opened on Saturday 25th May at 8:00am.
Directions to Lullymore Heritage Park: From Allenwood (N 760 226), take the R 414 west and cross Shee Bridge 1km on the left (drive slowly here). Continue straight on for c. 4km and you pass the Irish Peatland Conservation Council centre (signposted Bog of Allen Nature Centre). Continue straight on for about three quarters of a kilometre and take the first right turn. Lullymore Heritage Park is at the end of this short road. Grid reference N702250. See Discovery Series 49.
Target Species: Puss Moth, Fox Moth, etc.
Saturday 25th May 2019
Walk on Crabtree Reserve, Lullybeg, County Kildare.
Meeting at 10:00 am.
Directions: This is reached from Allenwood by taking the R414 west and crossing Shee Bridge 1km from Allenwood on the left. Continue for 4 km and the Bog of Allen Nature Centre is on the right. Turn right here and continue for 100 metres to T-junction. Turn left here along track and continue, slowly. We will park near the first gate and walk to the site. Bring boots. Site grid reference is N687 256. See Discovery Series 49.
Target species: Dingy Skipper, Cryptic Wood White, Brimstone, Orange-tip, Small Copper, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Small Heath. Marsh Fritillary is a possibility.
Saturday 8th June 2019
Walk at Clongawny, Mullingar, County Westmeath.
Meeting at 12 noon.
This site along the banks of the Royal Canal contains some very interesting habitats and is relatively unexplored. We expect the area to contain a greater range of species than those which have been recorded to date. Green Hairstreak, Large Heath are possible. A grid reference for the site is N 48269 51482
Directions: Drive on the M4. Continue on to the N4. At Junction 15 take the N52 exit marked Mullingar/Tullamore. After 0.2 km turn left onto N52. After 0.2 km at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the Dublin Road R156. After 0.1 km turn onto the Dublin Road. After 0.2 km the destination, Mullingar Park Hotel (N4167452051) (where we will meet outside Mr Wong’s Chinese Restuarant) is on your right. See Discovery Series 41.
Target Species: The area contains a large Marsh Fritillary population.
Sunday 4th August 2019
Walk at Gortlecka, Burren National Park, County Clare.
Meeting at 2 pm.
This is perhaps Ireland’s richest site for butterflies. If we get sunshine, we will see many species, including rarities; see below.
Directions: The gateway village to the south of the Burren is Corofin. Take the R476 north from Corofin to Kilnaboy. At Kilnaboy, turn right onto the third-class road [L1112]. Continue straight for 4.7km until you reach the pull-in point before a small crossroads at Gortlecka. (Signposted Green Road). Turn left on to the Green Road and drive carefully. You will pass through a gate and shortly after this, you will see a field on your right. Park on this field. The site grid reference for the field is R 29272 94732. The link to this point is: https://irish.gridreferencefinder.com?gr=R2927294732%7CPoint_s_B%7C0&v=h&t=Point_s_B. See Discovery Series 51. We will meet at the gate you passed on the way to the parking site.
Target species: Wood White, Brimstone, Brown Hairstreak, Wall Brown, Grayling etc.
Saturday 26th October 2019
Meeting at 11:00 am.
Scrub clearing at Crabtree/Lullybeg Reserve, County Kildare.
Butterfly sites need management to maintain the habitats and Crabtree Reserve needs your help.
Meet on site at 11:00 am for habitat creation for the Marsh Fritillary. We will uproot saplings encroaching on the site and place cleared material in piles. Please bring work gloves, boots and loppers.
Directions: This is reached from Allenwood by taking the R414 west and crossing Shee Bridge 1km from Allenwood on the left. Continue for 4 km and the Bog of Allen Nature Centre is on the right. Turn right here and continue for 100 metres to T-junction. Turn left here along the track and continue. Pass through three gates. After the third gate, turn sharp left along the rough forest track for 500 metres when you will see the sign for the reserve. Bring boots. The site grid reference is N687 256. See Discovery Series 49.
Saturday 2nd November 2019
Meeting at 10 am
Scrub cutting at Fahee North, County Clare.
This event is a joint event with the Burrenbeo Trust Volunteers (BTV). This event will be led by Kate Lavender.
This is one of Ireland’s premier butterfly sites containing four of the six most threatened butterfly species in Ireland and four of the five “near threatened” species. Top butterfly sites such as the Fahee North site in the Burren need attention due to the highly invasive hazel scrub. We will cut back scrub.
Bring loppers, boots, gloves and suitable clothing for the weather. Please note that ticks are common in many parts of the Burren so do not wear shorts or short-sleeved tops. While this event is not unsafe, Burrenbeo Trust advises that you read the scrub clearing risk assessment before attending this event. Bring lunch and a mug for tea/coffee!
Directions: Meet just north of the Burren Perfumery in Carran at 10:00 am. To reach the site take the R476 from Corofin, pass through Kilnaboy and drive north for just over 4km. Turn right at Leamaneh Castle onto the R480. Continue on the R480 for 2.5km and take the right turn onto the third class road signposted for Carran Village. The site itself is reached by turning right at Carran National School and turning left just after the UCG Field Research Station and continuing until you reach the sign for St Fiachtnan’s Well at M 30091 00504