Events

 

EVENTS 2018 
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

This page is provisional and subject to change.

Saturday 17th February 2018

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.

Date: Saturday 19 May 2018.

Walk on Howth Cliff Walk, County Dublin.

Meeting at 12 noon.

For several years, Howth has hosted Red Admirals throughout the year, benefitting from the warm local climate. Around 20 butterfly species have been recorded at this stunning location, making it one of Dublin’s best sites. Mr Frank Smyth, co-author of The Butterflies of Donegal, who has an unrivalled knowledge of the butterflies at Howth will be joining us for our event.

Directions: Drive northbound on M50. Continue on N32 all the way to the coast at Baldoyle. At the T-Junction, turn right onto the R105. At the Sutton Cross turn left onto the R105 and continue on this road to the Summit Car Park.  We will park here and walk to the site. The grid reference for the car park is O 29246 37531. See Discovery Series 50.

Target Species: Orange-tip, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Wall Brown, Small Heath etc.

Saturday 26th May 2018

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.

Moth Night  Monday 25th June 2018/Moth morning Tuesday 26th June at Lullymore Heritage Park, Lullymore, County Kildare. 

Traps will be set at 9pm on Monday 25th June and opened on Tuesday 26th June at 8:30am.

Walk on Lullymore/Lullybeg cutaway bog Tuesday 26th June after inspection of traps.

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. Bring suitable footwear, and a torch.    At this event  we will be joined by members of Belfast Naturalists’ Field Club. This will be followed by a walk on the nearby cutaway bog at Lullymore/ Lullybeg.

Target species:  Birch Mocha, Pretty Pinion,  Waved Carpet,  Bilberry Pug, Eyed Hawkmoth, Suspected, and many more…

Saturday 11th August 2018

Walk at Gortlecka, Burren National Park, County Clare.

Meeting at 12 noon.

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. Site grid reference is R 304944. See Discovery Series 51.

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

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Meeting at 11:00 am.

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.