Events

 

EVENTS 2019 
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. 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.
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This page is provisional and subject to change.

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, 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). Park here. The site grid reference is R 304944. See Discovery Series 51.

Target species: Wood White, Brimstone, Brown Hairstreak, Wall Brown, Grayling etc.

 Saturday 26th October 2018

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 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.