Events

EVENTS 2020 
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 query.
Contact us by Gmail at conservation.butterfly@gmail.com

This page is provisional and subject to change.

 

Saturday 22nd February 2020

Scrub clearing at Crabtree/Lullybeg Reserve, County Kildare.

Meet on the 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 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 30th May 2020

Walk on Crabtree Reserve, Lullybeg, County Kildare.

Meeting at 10:00 am.

Directions: The site 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, 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.

Target species: Dingy Skipper, Cryptic Wood White, Brimstone, Orange-tip, Small Copper, Common Blue, Marsh Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Small Heath and many more.

Friday 12th June/Saturday 13th June 2020

Moth Night/Moth Morning

Event is at Bethlehem House, Glasson, Co. Westmeath N37 NT65.

Traps will be set at 9 pm on Friday 12th June and opened on Saturday 13th June at 8:00 am. If Friday 12th looks unsuitable the event will be held on the evening of Saturday 13th June and morning of Sunday 14th June.

Directions to Bethlehem House: Leave the M6 at exit 9, Cavan N55. The first village you meet is Ballykeeran – at The Dog and Duck pub take the higher road on the RHS which leads you to Glasson. Remain on N55 and go through Glasson and Tubberclair. Pass an empty garage which has been for sale for a long time on the LHS and turn left off the N55. Follow the road down until you reach a full 4 roads crossroads at which turn right. Shortly afterwards turn left (signposted Lough Ree). Follow that road until you go around a sharp left-hand bend at which point you can see Lough Ree down on your right. There is a big modern stone-fronted house on the left-hand side – name Curragh View set into the wall near the gates and opposite that house is a little road. Turn right on to that little road and follow it down- it ends at electronic gates which will be open. Follow the avenue straight into the yard where there is ample space for parking.

Target Species: We hope to find a range of woodland, wetland and grassland species.

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.

Saturday 20th June 2020

Walk on coastal dunes at Mornington-Laytown, County Meath

Meeting at 12 noon

This Special Area of Conservation contains a range of dune types, including Marram Dunes, Fixed Dunes and Embryonic Shifting Dunes. These allow for a range of native plants and butterflies. Special plants include Bee Orchid which is particularly abundant in some years.

Directions: Travelling from Dublin, take the M1 and take the R132 exit at Junction 7 signposted Julianstown/Drogheda. Around 300 metres after Julianstown, turn right onto the Laytown Road, R150. Continue on the R150 which becomes the Coast Road. After Bettystown the R150 becomes the R152 Golf Links Road. Continue on until it becomes a T-Junction at O 15370 75745. Turn right here. You will then drive carefully onto the parking area at O 15738 75850. We will meet here. See Discovery Series 43.

Target Species: Small Blue, Common Blue, Dark Green Fritillary, Small Heath.

Saturday 5th September 2020

Scrub cutting at Fahee North, County Clare.

Meeting at 10 am.

This event is a joint event with the Burrenbeo Trust Volunteers (BTV). This event will be led by Ann Mullen. As the weather is unpredictable please make sure you send Anne a mobile contact number for you if you are interested in coming along so we can let you know if we need to postpone the event. Email: anne_mull@hotmail.com

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. 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.

Saturday 31st October 2020

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.