Events

EVENTS 2024  Provisional

Events are free to members and non-members unless otherwise stated. Seeking butterflies is completely weather-dependent. If 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 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 by email at conservation.butterfly@gmail.com

Saturday 24th February 2024

Postponed due to wet access routes

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 the 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 and you will see the sign for the reserve. The site grid reference is N687 256. See Discovery Series 49.

Burren Events in conjunction with Burrenbeo Trust. BCI and Burrenbeo Trust members only.

Saturday 18th May 11:00-1:00 pm

Walk at Fahee North, Burren, County Clare.
This area contains superb habitat and some of Ireland’s rarest butterflies.
The walk will explore a beautiful area of the Burren where there are many species of butterflies, including the Marsh Fritillary. This lovely butterfly has a remarkable variety of colouring, patterning, and size, with no two ever alike. It is the only legally protected species in Ireland and its habitat must be maintained if it is to continue to survive.

Directions to Fahee North

Directions from Kinvara (approx. 30 mins)
From Kinvara take the N67 towards Ballyvaughan for 6km. Turn left onto L1014 towards Corofin. Continue for 13.5km to Carron. Turn left at Carron National School. After c.1km turn left. After c.2km the Holy Well is on the left. Parking on the grass verge.

Directions from Corofin (approx. 25 mins)
From Corofin take the R476 towards Kilfenora for c.7.5km. At Leamaneh continue onto R480 for c.2.5km. Turn right onto L1014 and continue for 5.3km to Carron. Turn right and continue for c.1km. Turn left. After c.2km the Holy Well is on the left. Parking on the grass verge. A grid reference for the site is M30067 00463. See Discovery Series 51.

Target Species: Dingy Skipper, Wood White, Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Wall Brown, Common Heath, White-spotted Sable, etc.

Sunday May 19th 12:00-2:00

Walk in Burren National Park, County Clare. This is one of the best areas in Ireland for butterflies.

Directions from Corofin (approx. 15 minutes)
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 at R 30383 94465. (Signposted Green Road). Park here. See Discovery Series 51.

Target species: Wood White, Brimstone, Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Small Purple-barred, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth, etc.

Saturday 25th May 2024

Walk on Butterfly Conservation Ireland’s 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 the T-junction. Turn left here onto the rough track and continue, slowly. We will park near the first gate (at N 69560 26045 ) and walk to the site. Bring boots. The site grid reference is N 68731 25664. See Discovery Series 49.

Target species: Dingy Skipper, Cryptic Wood White, Brimstone (eggs, caterpillars and adult butterflies), Orange-tip, Marsh Fritillary, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth, Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly, Hairy Dragonfly,  and much more!

Saturday 8th June 2024

Walk at Mornington, County Meath.

Meeting at 11 am.

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 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: The common whites, Common Blue, Small Blue, Small Heath, Cinnabar, Emperor moth, etc.

Saturday 29th June

Moth Morning on the Lady Chapel Road, Maynooth, County Kildare, at Philip Strickland’s home. Philip’s grounds contain excellent grassland habitat and adjoin interesting woodland.

Meet on the site at 7:00 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.

Location of Event:
Cormackstown Wood, Cormickstown, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Eircode: W23 X0K1
The property is accessed via a long driveway.

Directions from Maynooth Main Street
Head southwest (towards St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth) on Maynooth Main St/R148 toward Straffan Rd/R406. Continue straight onto Parson St/R408. Turn right onto Newtown Road/R408. After crossing the bridge crossing the canal and railway, turn right onto the R408. Continue on this road for 2.8 km. The location is on the right. Grid reference for the entrance is N 91330 35440.

Annual General Meeting

Date to be decided

Saturday 9th November 2024

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 the 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 and you will see the sign for the reserve. Bring boots. The site grid reference is N687 256. See Discovery Series 49.