Events

EVENTS 2022 

Events are free to members and non-members. Seeking butterflies is completely weather dependent. In the event that unsuitable weather is forecast, the event will be cancelled with news of the cancellation posted on the Home Page of this website. Where an event is set down for Saturday or Sunday the event will proceed on Saturday if the weather allows, but on Sunday if the forecast for Sunday is more suitable. If an event is being moved to Sunday, this will be posted on the home page. Note that all persons attending events are responsible for their own safety. Participation in all activities is entirely at your own risk. Butterfly Conservation Ireland Ltd does not carry insurance. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.

Contact us on Gmail at conservation.butterfly@gmail.com

Saturday 26th February 2022

Scrub clearing at Crabtree/Lullybeg Reserve, County Kildare.

Meet on the site at 11:00 am for habitat creation for the Dingy Skipper, Dark Green Fritillary, Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet moth 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 the 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.

Saturday 21st May 2022

Walk in the Burren, County Clare. An email to register for this event will be sent. The first 15 members of Butterfly Conservation Ireland to register will receive a place and will be sent the details of the event.

Meeting at 10:00 am.

Target species: Dingy Skipper (Burren form), Wood White, Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Speckled Yellow, etc.

Saturday 28th May 2022

Walk on the Butterfly Conservation Ireland 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 onto the track and continue, slowly. We will park near the first gate and walk to the site. Bring boots. The site grid reference is N687 256. See Discovery Series 49.

Saturday June 4th 2022

Moth morning/walk on Eddie Smyth’s land and adjoining areas near Ummeras Bog, County Kildare.

Meet on the site at 7:15 am

The event will be led by Philip Strickland and Jesmond Harding.
Please note that the area where we have been allowed to hold our event is private land. Members and visitors are reminded to take responsibility for their own safety.

Directions: Eircode is W34YC84. From Rathangan travel towards Monasterevin and halfway turn right at Mountrice crossroads (opposite the shrine and derelict shop). Travel 400m and turn left at wide entrance with 2 gates. We will put a sign at the crossroads and the gate. The site grid reference is N 64724 14355

Target Species: A range of wet grassland, scrub and woodland moths, and Cryptic Wood White, Marsh Fritillary and Small Heath etc.

Saturday 6th August 2022

Walk in the Burren National Park.

Meet at the parking site at 10:00 am.

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 Knockaunroe. (Signposted Green Road). Park here. The meeting point grid reference is R 30387 94469. See Discovery Series 51.

Target species: Wood White, Brimstone, Brown Hairstreak, Dark Green Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Grayling, etc.

Saturday 29th October 2022

Scrub clearing at Crabtree/Lullybeg Reserve, County Kildare.

Meeting at 11:00 am

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.