Marsh Fritillary surveying

The marsh fritillary butterfly is the only butterfly species protected by the Habitats Directive. In Ireland, although it has a favorable range, the population is considered inadequate and its overall conservation status is declining. In other words, there is a good spread but the populations are too small and many are too far from one…

Coming and Going

September and October made up for the disappointing summer. The weather was great for fieldwork and for getting projects completed around Sheskinmore. Some bracken was sprayed at Kiltooris and in the sheltered valley west of the mass house, a warm sheltered spot for butterflies that is becoming overgrown by bracken and blackthorn. Some fencing repairs…

Insects at Sheskinmore

August saw two days of training for Marsh Fritillary survey and monitoring. Day one invloved staff of National Parks and Wildlife Service and Northern Ireland Environment Agency with Tom Brereton from Butterfly Conservation and Day Two volunteers for the National Biodiversity Data Centre. Two great days with good weather, the wind and rain only appearing…