Events

 

EVENTS 2017 
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 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. 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

Saturday 11th February 2017

Scrub clearing at Crabtree/Lullybeg Reserve.
Meet on site at 11:00 am for habitat creation for the Brimstone, Dingy Skipper and other species. We will uproot saplings encroaching on a ride 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 track and continue. Pass through three gates. After third gate, turn sharp left along rough forest track for 500 metres when you will see the sign for the reserve. Site grid reference is N687 256. See Discovery Series 49.

Sunday 7th May 2017

Walk on Crabtree Reserve, Lullybeg. Meeting at 12:00 noon.

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.

Thursday 25th May 2017

Trip to Clooncoose, Burren Co. Clare.  Meeting at 12 noon.

A walk down the “Burren Butterfly Road” to see a remarkable number and range of butterflies and moths.The special target is the Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

Directions: From Corofin, County Clare, travel north on the R476 and drive through Kilnaboy village. Continue on for 1km and take the first right after the village (L5096). Continue carefully downhill on the L5096 and soon you will start climbing. After a steep climb you will reach open limestone grassland. Continue for c.2 km and you will reach a crossroads with the Green Road sign on your right. Meet at the entrance to the Green Road (sign-posted) at Creevagh, at R273955. See Discovery Series 51.

Thursday 8th June 2017

AGM of Butterfly Conservation Ireland and talk on the National Butterfly Atlas by Dr Tomás Murray of the National Biodiversity Data Centre at the Townhouse Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare.

AGM of Butterfly Conservation Ireland takes place 7pm-8pm.

Talk takes place 8pm-9pm.

Please note that the AGM is for members of Butterfly Conservation Ireland. Everyone is welcome to attend the talk.

Directions: Travel on N7 towards Naas. Continue onto M7 (signs for Limerick/Cork/Waterford/ M8/M9). At Junction 10 take the R445 exit to Naas South/Newbridge. Turn left towards R445. The hotel is about two minutes’ drive away, on the left.

Saturday 10th June 2017

Trip to Donabate sand dunes, County Dublin. Meeting at car park at O 253493. Meeting at 12 noon.

Directions: Turn off the northbound M50 onto the M1.Take the Donabate/Portrane exit and take the R126. Enter Donabate village and take the first turn on the right over the railway bridge. Drive on this third class road to the coast. There is a parking area at  O 253493. See Discovery Series 50.

Target species: Small Blue, Common Blue, Wall Brown, Small Heath, Cinnabar etc.

Saturday 17th June 2017

Moth Morning to be held at Mulhussey, Co. Meath. Park at the side of the road outside Butterfly Conservation Ireland’s home address. Meeting at 8 am.

Directions: From Maynooth Main Street, drive for 3.3 miles along Moyglare Road. Butterfly Conservation Ireland is located on the left; house is a semi-detached limestone building. Grid Reference N922425. See Discovery Series 50.

Target Species: Too many to name here; Elephant Hawkmoth, Poplar Hawkmoth, Scorched Wing etc.

Saturday 5th August 2017

Trip to Murlough National Nature Reserve, Co. Down, grid ref J3933 with Butterfly Conservation NI. The sand dune system was Ireland’s first Nature Reserve in 1967 and it has a long association with Lepidoptera recording. Meeting time 10:30 at the car park; see below.

Directions: Take the M1 from Dublin, by-passing Drogheda, Dundalk. When you cross the border, keep right to continue on the N1. For 13.2km continue on the A1. Take the exit towards A28/Newry/Downpatrick/A25. At the roundabout take the second exit onto the Belfast Road. After 2.4km turn left onto Damolly Road. After 0.7km turn right onto A25. After 6.2km take the first exit on the roundabout onto Hilltown Road/B8. Continue on B8. After 1.7km turn right onto Kilkeel Road/B27. After 14km turn left onto Bryansford Road/B180. After 2.7km turn right onto Castlewellan Road/A50 followed by a slight left onto A2. Continue on A2 for 2.7km; after 0.1km turn right onto restricted usage road. Arrive at 203 Dundrum Road, Newcastle BT33 0LW. For these directions see:  https://www.theaa.ie/routes/#/r/Dublin+Airport,Collinstown,Dublin,Ireland/National+Trust+-+Murlough+National+Nature+Reserve,Keel+Point,Dundrum+BT33+0NQ,UK/

If approaching from the Belfast direction through Dundrum, Keel Point is on the left before the national speed limit signs. Travel across Downshire Bridge entering the Nature Reserve through the gates.

Meet: 1030 am at the parking area approximately 1 kilometre from gates along the driveway (Grid J41043516). Proceed on foot to the National Trust’s Offices at the Stableyard where there will be an opportunity to view specimens from the overnight moth trapping.

The target butterfly will be the Grayling (Hipparchia semele), a species whose cryptic colouring makes it difficult to spot whilst at rest against the bare sand background.

Leaders: Pamela Tomlinson (BNFC) and Stephen Craig (BCNI).

Saturday 21st October 2017

Scrub clearing at Crabtree/Lullybeg Reserve.
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 track and continue. Pass through three gates. After third gate, turn sharp left along rough forest track for 500 metres when you will see the sign for the reserve. Bring boots. Site grid reference is N687 256. See Discovery Series 49.