Target Species: Spring butterflies and day-flying moths. Hopefully Chequered Skipper will be on the wing.
Organiser: Butterfly Conservation Scotland and Friends of Nevis
Date: Saturday 17 May
Time: 10am – c4pm
Meeting place: Voluntary Action Lochaber Offices at An Drochaid, Claggan Road, Fort William, PH33 6PH. Grid reference NN116742.
Directions. If you are travelling to Fort William from the north enter the town on the A82 and turn left onto Claggan Road (signposted to Claggan Industrial Estate, Achintee and Footpath to Ben Nevis). Then turn right after about 400m onto Achintee Road and then right again after just 20m into the entrance to the car park to An Drochaid.
If you are travelling to Fort William from the south turn right into Claggan Road which lies c150m to the north of the Ben Nevis Centre roundabout. Then follow the directions above.
Description: The event will provide an introduction to the butterflies of Lochaber covering all 22 species recorded in the area but particularly focussing on spring species. After an indoor presentation an afternoon field trip in Glen Nevis will look for spring butterflies including Chequered Skipper and day-flying moths. It is hoped that participants will be keen to look for and record butterflies in Glen Nevis and elsewhere in the local area over the rest of the summer.
Approx duration: 2-3 hours indoors followed by 2-3 hour field trip
What’s needed: Plenty of sunshine, packed lunch, stout walking shoes and a good sense of humour!
Any other information: Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival. Butterfly books and charts will be available to buy as well as free butterfly and moth leaflets to take away. This event is being run as part of Wild Lochaber Festival. For more info visit: http://www.outdoorcapital.co.uk/whats-on/wild-lochaber-festival-2014