European Grassland Butterfly Indicator

Butterfly Conservation Europe

The sixth version of the European Grassland Butterfly Indicator, one of the European Environmental Agency’s biodiversity indicators, has just been released. Compiled by Butterfly Conservation Europe, the indicator is based on 4,500 butterfly monitoring scheme transects (122 of which are from Ireland!) across 22 European countries. Overall, grassland butterfly abundance has declined by 30% from 1990 to 2015. In Ireland, 3 out of 6 our widespread grassland species and 1 out 3 of our grassland specialist species are in decline. At a European level, the rate of loss has slowed in the last 5-10 years, but the priority now is to use this information to halt further losses and focus effort on supporting the conservation and restoration of semi-natural grasslands, and the maintenance of High Nature Value farmland. To all our recorders in the Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, it shows how all your efforts contribute directly to butterfly conservation at a local, national and international levels. Click the image below for the full report.



2016 Annual Recorders Event – Barleycove, Cork – Aug. 13-14th


For all our recorders in the bumblebee and butterfly monitoring schemes, and for anyone else interested in joining the schemes, please join us for a weekend of exploring some beautiful butterfly and bumblebee habitats in West Cork.

In particular, for those wishing to learn how to teach others butterfly and bumblebee identification skills, we’ll be running a ‘Train the trainers’ session on Saturday, as well as updating everyone on the future changes coming to both monitoring schemes in the next few years.

There is no charge for attending the field meeting, but please click here to register. When registering, please indicate whether you would be interested in joining us for dinner in the Barleycove Beach Hotel on the Saturday evening.

The itinerary can be downloaded by clicking the below picture:



2016 Monitoring Scheme Workshops

There will be a series of workshops on the butterfly and bumblebee monitoring schemes in 2016. These will cover all aspects of the monitoring schemes including species identification and use of the online data capture system. Hope to see you there!


Clare (Butterflies only): 12th March, 10am – 4pm. Carron Field Research Facility, Carron (Paula McHale)

Booking: Kate Lavender, Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers Co-ordinator,, 091-638096

Cork: 16th April, 10am – 4pm. IRD Duhallow Ltd., James O’Keeffe Centre, Newmarket (Tomás Murray)

Booking: Booked out until further notice.

Louth: 9th May. 10am – 4pm. St. Michaels Hall, Newry St., Carlingford (Tomás Murray)

Booking: Joanne Redpath, Carlingford Tidy Towns,, 042-9373686

Louth: 10th May. 10am – 4pm. Blackrock Community Centre, Sandy Lane, Blackrock, Dundalk (Tomás Murray)

Booking: Larry Magnier, Louth Tidy Towns,

Limerick (Butterflies only): 14th May. 10am – 4pm. Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, Limerick (Tomás Murray)

Booking: Vicki Nash, , 086-2517086

Kerry: 21st May. 10am – 4pm. Old Barracks Heritage Centre, Cahersiveen. (Tomás Murray)

Booking: Lisa O’Shea, Cahersiveen Tidy Towns,

Kerry: 22nd May. 10am – 4pm. St. Patrick’s Hall, Upper William St., Listowel (Tomás Murray).

Booking: Mary Hanlon, Listowel Tidy Towns,

Tipperary (Butterflies only): 21st May. 10am – 4pm. Abbeycourt Hotel, Nenagh (Oisín Duffy)

Booking: Oisín Duffy, , 051-306240

Kilkenny (Butterflies only): 22nd May. 10am – 4pm. Cois Abhann Centre, Inistioge (Oisín Duffy)

Booking: Oisín Duffy, , 051-306240

Donegal (Butterflies only): 28th May. 10:45am – 4pm. Glenveagh National Park Education Centre (Oisín Duffy & Bob Aldwell)

Booking: Oisín Duffy, , 051-306240

Monaghan: 28th May. 10am – 4pm. Ballybay Wetlands Centre, Clones Road, Ballybay (Tomás Murray)

Booking: Carol Lambe, Development Officer Monaghan Co. Council,

Tipperary (Butterflies only): 5th June. 10am – 4pm. Cabragh Wetlands, Thurles (Oisín Duffy)

Booking: Adam Tozier,

Cavan: 25th June, 10am – 4pm. The Goods Store, Community Hall, Belturbet Railway, Railway Road, Belturbet (Tomás Murray)

Booking: Stephen Shannon, 087-8550632

Roscommon (Butterflies only): 25th June. 10am – 4pm. Strokestown Park House, Strokestown (Oisín Duffy)

Booking: Ruth Lanigan, 071-9633013

Cavan: 26th June, 10am – 4pm. The Riverfront Hotel, Virginia (Tomás Murray)

Booking: Mags Mathews, Virginia Tidy Towns, or 086-1783974

Roscommon (Butterflies only): 26th June. 10am – 4pm. Lecarrow Community Centre, Lecarrow (Oisín Duffy)

Booking: Oisín Duffy, , 051-306240

Mayo (Butterflies only): 2nd July. 10am – 4pm. Ballycroy National Park, Ballycroy (Oisín Duffy)

Booking: Bríd Colhoun,

Laois (Butterflies only): 10th July. 10am – 4pm. Old School House, Killimy, Emo (Oisín Duffy)

Booking: Eamonn Merriman,

Westmeath (Butterflies only): 16th July. 10am – 4pm. Belvedere House, Mullingar (Oisín Duffy)

Booking: Oisín Duffy, , 051-306240

Galway (Butterflies only): 13th August. 10:00 – 16:00. Burren Nature Sanctuary, Cloonasee, Kinvara, (Oisín Duffy)

Booking: Oisín Duffy, , 051-306240

Meath (Butterflies only): 20th August. 10:00 – 16:00. Tayto Park, Ashbourne, (Oisín Duffy)

Oisín Duffy, , 051-306240


2016 Spring Newsletter

Despite the challenging weather in 2015, we still managed to record 39,100 butterflies and collectively walk 3,724 km across 120 sites! To find out more please click on image below for our 2016 Spring Newsletter.

2015 Butterfly News & Events