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…

July talks and guided walk at Sheskinmore

We have a great day planned for Saturday 2 July 2016  with two talks followed by a guided walk across Sheskinmore-Magheramore dunes. The schedule for the day is: 11-1 Talks at McGlincheys House Coastal erosion in west Donegal – Dr Helene Burningham (University College London) An introduction to dune ponds – Sara Varandas (University College London) 1-4 Guided…

Temporary pond research

Over the next week (10-16 September) UCL researchers will be undertaking surveys of the temporary ponds at Sheskinmore and Maghera. Supervisor Helene Burningham and PhD student Sara Varandas will be surveying vegetation, sediments, morphology and water levels of these small ponds during their autumn dry phase. The photo above shows one of the sites during its wet phase earlier…