Biodiversity Week 2018

On a beautiful evening in McGlincheys, Richard Nairn delivered an engaging talk on Sheskinmore in the 1980’s, quoting from a book that was donated to McGlincheys by Malcolm McClure ‘Nature in Ireland‘(1997) ‘Natural history is unavoidably a history of culture and society, involving the exploitation of nature as well as its study’.  That relationship certainly…

Dark Green Fritillary Day

It was that lovely early July day when the Sheskinmore dunes come alive with the flight of the Dark Green Fritillaries. The sun shone, the sky was blue and the DGFs were everywhere, their startling orange wings catching the eye and amazing the walker. Gushing vocabulary is the only way to go. A DGF nectaring…

Bee Orchid

I think that, if there is one plant that everybody wants to see at Sheskinmore, it’s the fabled Bee Orchid (Ophris apifera). Michele and I were at Sheskinmore today (02.07.17) and went back to the place we’d seen some growing two weeks ago; there was still one in bloom. It has been nearly 10 years…

Habitats, wildflowers, butterflies and moths – a great day out at Tramore-Magheramore

On the 30 July, around 40 people gathered at Tramore to walk across Tramore strand, Carrickalahagh headland and back via Magheramore. The walk, organised by An Taisce and Birdwatch Ireland, was led by our field guide Ralph Sheppard. The weather was good but with two heavy showers. Tramore Ralph discussed the major changes which had taken place at…