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…

Field Outings

On Saturday the 27th May 2017 Stuart Dunlop gave an informative and engaging talk at McGlincheys field studies centre on Pollinators. The event was organised to coincide with Biodiversity week and Stuart left us in no doubt about the importance of bees, hoverflies and wasps in relation to biodiversity.  He described the close relationships between…

Wildlife in May

Sheskinmore was blustery and wet on the morning of 16th May but became warm and sunny later. Forty-three bird species were recorded throughout the reserve. In the morning at least six snipe Gallinago gallinago were displaying simultaneously over the machair. The strange bleating noise snipe make during display-flights is known as drumming and is produced…

Pollinators at Sheskinmore

As part of the National Biodiversity Week, we have a talk and walk guided by Stuart Dunlop at Sheskinmore on Saturday 27 May, from 11am to 3pm, starting and finishing at the NPWS Field Centre at McGlincheys, Sandfield. The theme for this years event is Biodiversity and Pollinators. Sheskinmore is home to hundreds of species of pollinators, and to celebrate this, we…

Guided Walks at Sheskinmore May/June

  I hope the butterflies and bees are all out and about for the forthcoming  walks organised over the next two weekends. This is Biodiversity Week 20-28th May and on Saturday 27th May at 11.00am,  Stuart Dunlop will give an illustrated talk at McGlincheys followed by a guided walk about Biodiversity and Pollinators.  Stuart Dunlop…

Mid May, Sheskinmore.

Orchid plateau on the rabbit warren. Lucky enough to spend a May weekend at Rosbeg, I went off on my own to explore the Sheskinmore reserve and to spy on the cuckoos on the Mullyvea slope. I knew it was not quite Peak Bluebell week but there was a good show near the Mullyvea gate…