Events

You can brush up your identification skills, help on a conservation task, see a rare species or just enjoy a beautiful site.

To find an event near you just select your branch area (see In Your Area to find the closest branch to you) and then click the Filter button. You can also refine your selection using the Categories on the left-hand panel.

Big Butterfly Count Family Day Out

Tuesday 22nd July 2014, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Islands Park, Newcastle, Down

Join Butterfly Conservation's NI Branch for an afternoon in the park with the Down District Biodiversity Officer.

Castle Butterfly Safari and Moth Morning

Wednesday 23rd July 2014, 10.00am-12.00pm
Antrim Castle Gardens, Antrim

Join BCNI and Antrim’s Biodiversity Officer to hunt for beasties on the wing in the Castle Gardens!

East Scotland: Aberdeenshire - A Wild Night at Maidencraig!

Friday 25th July 2014, 8.30pm-12.00am
Den of Maidencraig, Aberdeen

Enter the mysterious world of night creatures! This will include setting up sugar and light traps to attract moths – which we will release unharmed after identification - and using detectors to pick up ultrasound of hunting bats.

Moth Trapping and Talks

Friday 25th July 2014, 7.00pm-9.00pm
Lagan Valley Regional Park, Lough Keepers Cottage, Belfast

BCNI team up with Lagan Valley Regional Park for a foray into the world of butterflies and moths.

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Highlands - Moth Mania at RSPB Insh Marshes

Saturday 26th July 2014, 10:30am until afternoon
RSPB Insh Marshes car park

Several moth traps will be run during the previous night as part of RSPB’s annual monitoring of the rare Dark Bordered Beauty moth which is only found on three sites in Scotland and one site in England.

Moth Trapping and Butterfly walk

Saturday 26th July 2014 10:00am
Hillfield Nursery, Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe

Moth traps set the night before will be opened at this nursery and pick-your-own fruit farm.

North Wales. Butterfly Walk

Sunday 27th July 2014: 1.30pm
17 Nant Alyn Road, Rhydymwyn, CH7 5HQ

A walk around the site led by Brian and Sue Roberts to discover the butterflies it contains.

Suffolk - Wildlife Gaeden Open day

Sunday 27th July 2014, 10.30am-3.00pm
Prior's Oak Leiston

An invitation from BC member Mrs Trudie Willis, to visit her 10 acre garden, including a Buddleia and Honeysuckle collection.

Mortimer Forest Butterfly Picnic & Walk

Sunday 27th July 2014: 1pm
On the Shropshire/Herefordshire border, near the town of Ludlow

Butterfly picnic and walk in Mortimer Forest, targeting Silver-washed Fritillary and Essex Skipper

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Lincolnshire Open Day & AGM

Sunday 27th July 2014: 10am-4.30pm
Chambers Farm Wood nr. Bardney

Join the Lincolnshire Branch for our annual Open Day, which includes a Guided Butterfly Walk. Highly suitable for families!

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Highlands - Glen Orrin

Sunday 27th July 2014, 10am
Glen Orrin

Fairburn Estate has very kindly given permission for BC to hold this outdoor meet in Glen Orrin. The target species is Scotch Annulet which has been recorded in the glen for the last two years, so moth traps will be put out the night before.

Belfast Hills Festival

Tuesday 29th July 2014, 11am-1pm
Templepatrick Castle, Templepatrick

We will be exploring the Castle grounds as well as looking at the marvelous moths caught at the site the night before.

Suffolk New Members Day

Wednesday 30th July 2014, 10.30am-4.00pm
Holywells Park Ipswich

An indoor training session in the morning A practical butterfly watching session will follow in the afternoon

East Scotland: Aberdeenshire - Moths in the Morning

Wednesday 30th July 2014, 10.00am-12.00pm
Burn O' Vat, Dinnet

Discover the amazing variety of moths caught in the live traps set up overnight in the woods on the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve, followed by a search for day-flying moths and butterflies as time allows.

Jubilee Woods Day Out

Thursday 31st July 2014, 11am-1pm
Jubilee Woods, Whitehead

Join BCNI to explore this Woodland Trust community woodland, kindly supported by Carrickfergus Council.

Moth Night Extravaganza!

Friday 1st August 2014, 7.30pm-9pm
Ballyeamon Camping Barn, Cushendall, Antrim

BCNI are delighted to team up with Ballyeamon Camping Barn and the Causeway Coast and Glens Landscape Partnership to bring you a moth night extravaganza.

Moth Night Extravaganza Part 2

Saturday 2nd August 2014, 11am-1pm
Ballyeamon Camping Barn, Cushendall, Antrim

Find out who we caught last night in our moths traps, before a trip out across the hills for a ramble and #ButterflyCount

Butterfly Walk On The Stiperstones

Saturday 2nd August 2014: 1pm
Stiperstones, Shropshire - The Bog Visiter Centre

Meeting at The Bog car park for a butterfly walk, followed by afternoon tea at The Bog Tearoom.

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West Midlands Blackthorn Bash

Sunday 3rd August 2014: 10.00am
Grafton Wood

Managing blackthorn scrub for the Brown Hairstreak butterfly followed by butterfly walk

Dorset: Guided Walk On Martin Down and Vernditch Chase

Sunday 3rd August 2014, 11.00am-4.00pm
Martin Down On Dorset/Hampshire Border

Join Dorset and Wiltshire Branches for a search for downland species on the National Nature Reserve including Dark Green Fritillary and woodland species.

Wiltshire: Field Trip, Martin Down & Vernditch Chase

Sunday 3rd August 2014: 11.00am
Martin Down & Vernditch Chase

This is a joint trip with the Dorset Branch. The day starts with a walk across Martin Down to see Dark Green Fritillary and downland species. After returning to the car park for lunch we will cross the A354 into Vernditch Chase woods at 14:00 to look for woodland species including White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary.

East Scotland: Aberdeenshire - Bats, Moths & Stars at Battlehill

Friday 8th August 2014, 8.00pm-0.00am
Battlehill, Huntly

Discover the nocturnal inhabitants of the Battlehill, including finding out how to use smelly mixtures and bright lights to attract moths plus bat detectors to locate and identify bats. A local astronomer will also be on hand with a telescope to view the wonders of the night sky (or demonstrate what would otherwise be visible if it is cloudy)!

Big Wild Camp-Out!!

Friday 8th August 2014
Big Wild Campout, Ulster Folk And Transport Museum, Cultra

Join BCNI at the ‘Big Wild Camp-out’ event in Cultra - expect moth talks and releases and take part in some of the last #ButterflyCount for this year's Big Butterfly Count. TICKET ONLY EVENT

Farm Breakfast, Butterflies & Moths!

Saturday 9th August 2014: 8.30am
The Stables Farm,Astwood Lane, Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcestershire

Join us for a morning of moths and butterflies, including breakfast in the farm tearooms.

Wiltshire: Field Trip, Alners Gorse

Saturday 9th August 2014: 11.00am
Alners Gorse

South Wiltshire Group to familiarise yourself with woodland butterflies and learn how a woodland can be managed for them.

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Highlands And Islands - A Walk At Aldie Burn

Sunday 10th August 2014: 10.30am
Aldie Burn

This is a really lovely wood with a variety of differing habitats, ponds, mixed woodland and large open areas. As such it lends itself to a selection of wildlife, a range of butterflies, moths and dragonflies have been recorded here.

Far Forest Countryside Show!

Sunday 10th August 2014: 10am
Tenbury Road (A456), Callow Hill Rock, Worcestershire, DY14 9DA

Come and see our stall at The Far Forest Countryside Show! We will have a live moth display and will be organising family butterfly hunts around the showground.

East Scotland: Aberdeenshire - Nocturnal Moth Adventures

Saturday 16th August 2014, 8.00pm-10.00pm
St Cyrus National Nature Reserve, St Cyrus

St Cyrus National Nature Reserve is home to a huge variety of butterflies and moths, but many people miss the moths that fly at night. Join local experts to discover the amazing diversity of moths and listen out for night hunters including owls and bats with a bat detector!

Wiltshire: Field Trip, Park Bottom

Saturday 13th September 2014: 11.00am
Park Bottom

A South Wiltshire Group walk. Target Species: Small Copper, Comma, Common and Adonis Blue

Wild about Norfolk

Saturday 11th October 10:00am-4:00pm
Easton College, Easton, NR9 5DX

Wild About Norfolk is an annual wildlife and environmental fair showcasing the local groups and national organisations who protect, enhance and restore Norfolk's wildlife and landscape.