2018 Newsletter

Despite the challenging weather in 2017, we still managed to record 38,186 butterflies and collectively walk 2,858 km across 123 sites!  Not only that but 2017 was the 10th year of the butterfly monitoring scheme and we are now in a position to provide a detailed assessment of the state of Irish butterflies. To find out more please click on image below for our 2018 Newsletter.

 

2018 Butterfly Events

There will be a series of butterfly walks and workshops across 2018. The 11am – 4pm events cover all aspects of the project including species identification and approaches to surveying butterflies. The list below is still in development and more dates will be added soon, so come back often to check for updates!

 

Butterfly Atlas Talks

 

Carlow: 20th April, 8pm-9pm. Tinryland Parish Hall, Tinryland.

Booking: Stephen Bolger, BirdWatch Ireland, stephenbolger2001@yahoo.com

Waterford: 24th April, 7:30pm-8:30pm. The Meeting Place, Upper Branch Road, Tramore.

Booking: Paul Roche, Tramore Eco Group, 087-6452732

 

Butterfly Identification and Monitoring Workshops

 

Wexford: 12th May, 11am – 4pm. Pumphouse, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve.

Booking: Wexford Naturalists’ Field Club, info@wexfordnaturalists.com

Limerick: 19th May, 11am – 4pm. Kilcornan Community Centre, Curraghchase.

Booking: Seán Hartigan, An Taisce, livinglimerick@antaisce.org

Monaghan: 26th May, 11am – 4pm. Market House, Market Street, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan.

Booking: Rory Sheehan, CANN Monaghan County Council, rsheehan@monaghancoco.ie

 

Annual Recorders Field Meeting, Wexford, 28-29th July

 

Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola), Jonathan Derham, Curracloe Co. Wexford 29/07/2017

Given the success of our Great Yellow Bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus) hunt last year, we’re focussing on another of rare species in Ireland, the Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola), on grassland sites in southern Wexford.  For those who also wish to record bumblebees there will plenty on the wing too but we’ll have a more bumblebee-specific event on August 25-26th in Roscommon (details are on the events page of the Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme).  The goal of the workshop is to highlight how butterflies are sensitive and immediate indicators of climate change, and how the Essex Skipper is an excellent example of what to expect in the decades to come.

On the 28th July we’ll have introductory talks on its biology and ecology in Ireland in the Farmer’s Kitchen Hotel, followed by a walk in an area with a known population and then a ‘team challenge’ to locate the butterflies at sites where it was known and areas where it’s now  expanding into.  As always, you’re welcome to join us for a meal in the evening in the hotel and take the opportunity to socialise afterwards.  The following morning on Sunday 29th will then be a general recording day for both bumblebees and butterflies finishing up at lunchtime.  The meeting is free to attend but spaces will be limited, so if you’d like to provisionally book your place please contact butterflies@biodiversityireland.ie specifying which days (Saturday/Sunday) you’d like to attend and whether you’d like to join us for dinner on Saturday evening. A detailed itinerary of the weekend will be available for download in the coming weeks.

 

In parallel, our partners in the Butterfly Atlas 2021 Project are also running butterfly events across the island of Ireland.

Butterfly Conservation Ireland list of events in 2018

https://butterflyconservation.ie/wp/events-2/

Butterfly Conservation Northern Ireland list of events in 2018

http://butterfly-conservation.org/314/northern-ireland-branch.html

 

2017 Butterfly News & Events

 

2016 Butterfly News & Events

 

2015 Butterfly News & Events