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  • European Butterfly Reports

    Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 7:30pm-9:30pm

    St John’s Scout Hall, behind Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church off the Knockbreda Road in Belfast.

    European Butterfly Reports Tuesday 22nd October (Postponed from 8th October)

    Katy Bell, Simon Gray, and Sam Millar will open our winter talks programme with presentations on Croatian and Swiss butterflies.  Come along to be reminded of the colour and beauty of summer as the autumn nights start to draw in. 

  • BCNI AGM - Thursday 14th November

    Thursday 14th November 2019, 7:30pm-9:30pm

    St John’s Scout Hall, behind Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church off the Knockbreda Road in Belfast.

    FORMAL NOTICE: BCNI AGM Thursday 14th November, 19:30

    Our Annual General Meeting is an opportunity to review the year gone by and look forward to the next one.  And if you want to join committee, there isn’t a better time!  

  • Winter Work Party: Craigavon Lakes, Scrub Control for Cryptic Wood White

    Thursday 21st November 2019, 10:30am-3:30pm

    Meet at Eastway, Craigavon BT66 6SA (parking on hard-shoulder)

    Scrub Control for Cryptic Wood White 
    Craigavon Lakes, Co. Armagh Thursday 21st November, 10:30–15:30 

    Meet at Eastway, Craigavon BT66 6SA (parking on hard-shoulder) 

    An important Cryptic Wood White population, a grassland species, is under threat as the habitat it needs is being encroached by scrub. We’re going to target some key areas using hand tools. We hope to get better weather than our Day of Action last year! Please contact Rose Cremin for more information at @email  

     

    For all work parties please wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for the weather. Tools will be provided as well as tea/coffee/biscuits but pack a lunch!  

  • Winter Work Party: Craigavon Lakes, Scrub Control for Cryptic Wood White - Cloned

    Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd November 2019, 10:30am-3:30pm

    Meet at Eastway, Craigavon BT66 6SA (parking on hard-shoulder)

    Scrub Control for Cryptic Wood White 
    Craigavon Lakes, Co. Armagh Saturday 23rd November, 10:30–15:30

    Meet at Eastway, Craigavon BT66 6SA (parking on hard-shoulder) 

    An important Cryptic Wood White population, a grassland species, is under threat as the habitat it needs is being encroached by scrub. We’re going to target some key areas using hand tools. We hope to get better weather than our Day of Action last year! Please contact Rose Cremin for more information at @email  

     

    For all work parties please wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for the weather. Tools will be provided as well as tea/coffee/biscuits but pack a lunch!  

  • Northern Ireland: Butterfly Walkers Workshop - Oxford Island

    Saturday 23rd November 2019, 10:00am-1:00pm

    Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, Craigavon, Co. Armagh, BT66 6NJ

    Please join us at this event, which is for anyone interested in getting involved in butterfly monitoring. 

    There will also be an optional work party taking place in the afternoon for the Cryptic Wood White butterfly at Craigavon Lakes...

  • Branch Christmas Dinner 2019

    Thursday 5th December 2019, 7:00pm-10:30pm

    Malone Golf Club

    BCNI Christmas Dinner Thursday 5th December, 19:00 for 19:30 Malone Golf Club 

    Expect warmth, laughter, maybe a quiz, maybe a sing-along – who knows? – and of course mince pies!  

  • Winter Work Party: Montiaghs Moss, Scrub Control for Marsh Fritillary

    Tuesday 10th December 2019, 10:30am-3:30pm

    Meet at RSPB’s Portmore Lough Reserve, 1 Georges Island Rd, Aghalee, Craigavon BT67 0DW

    Scrub Control for Marsh Fritillary  
    Montiaghs Moss SAC, Co. Antrim Tuesday 10th December, 10:30–15:30

    Meet at RSPB’s Portmore Lough Reserve1 Georges Island Rd, Aghalee, Craigavon BT67 0DW 

    Through the CABB project, Butterfly Conservation and the RSPB are working to manage habitats at the Montiaghs for a number of species, including the Marsh Fritillary. We are returning again this year to manage occasional scrub scattered across a core site for the Marsh Fritillary. Please contact Rose Cremin for more information. 

     

    For all work parties please wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for the weather. Tools will be provided as well as tea/coffee/biscuits but pack a lunch!  

  • Winter Work Party: Quoile Pondage, Scrub Control for Cryptic Wood White

    Saturday 25th January 2020, 10:00am-3:30pm

    Meet at the Quoile Countryside Centre

    Scrub Control for Cryptic Wood White - Quoile Pondage, Co. Down

    Saturday 25th January 2020, 10:00 
    Meet at the Quoile Countryside Centre 

    We’ll be holding back the flood of brambles at the beautiful Quoile River to preserve habitat for the Cryptic Wood White at one of our few single-species transects. Please contact David Nixon for more information at @email 

     

    For all work parties please wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for the weather. Tools will be provided as well as tea/coffee/biscuits but pack a lunch!  

  • Invertebrates of the Burren – Adam Mantell

    Tuesday 4th February 2020, 7:30pm

    St John’s Scout Hall, behind Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church off the Knockbreda Road in Belfast.

    Invertebrates of the Burren

    Adam Mantell

    Tuesday 4th February 2020 

    The Burren in County Clare is famous for its plants and the sweeping vistas of limestone and lakes.  The invertebrate communities are perhaps less celebrated but are just as important.  Adam will talk about surveying of two sites owned by NPWS in 2018, explaining how he went about it, why the Burren supports so many species not found elsewhere and finally will discuss the management challenges presented by this landscape now and into the future. 

  • Winter Work Party: Bowara, Scrub Control for Dingy Skipper

    Saturday 8th February 2020, 10:00am-3:30pm

    Meet at Round ‘O’ Quay Car Park, Enniskillen BT74 7BF

    Scrub Control for Dingy Skipper - Bowara, Co. Fermanagh

    Saturday 8th February 2020, 10:00-15:30 
    Meet at Round ‘O’ Quay Car Park, Enniskillen BT74 7BF 

    A key site for this threatened species, this steep-sloped pocket of grassland has also recorded Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth and Cryptic Wood White. Managing scrub is an annual, essential task to keep the habitat from scrubbing up. Please contact Rose Cremin for more information. @email 

     

    For all work parties please wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for the weather. Tools will be provided as well as tea/coffee/biscuits but pack a lunch!

     

  • Herbal Leys at the Giant’s Causeway – Cliff Henry

    Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 7:30pm

    St John’s Scout Hall, behind Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church off the Knockbreda Road in Belfast.

    Herbal Leys at the Giant’s Causeway – Cliff Henry

    Tuesday 3rd March 2020 

    National Trust Ranger Cliff Henry explains the demonstration project of pollinator-friendly farming next door to NI’s top tourist attraction. 

  • NIRD2020 Saturday 4th April, 10:00–16:00, Peatlands Park

    Saturday 4th April 2020, 10:00am-4:00pm

    Peatland Park, Education Centre

    NIRD2020 Saturday 4th April, 10:00–16:00, Peatlands Park 

    Northern Ireland Recorder’s Day! Our annual pre-season get-together will include a breakdown of the data from 2019, and a chance to hear from our partners about what’s happening in the world of recording as we head into the new season. 

    As usual, craic, light refreshments and good company guaranteed, free of charge – just bring your own lunch! We look forward to seeing you there! 

  • Not a Lot of People Know… – Ian RippeyTuesday 7th April 2020

    Tuesday 7th April 2020, 7:30pm-9:30pm

    St John’s Scout Hall, behind Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church off the Knockbreda Road in Belfast.

     

     

    Not a Lot of People Know… – Ian Rippey

    Tuesday 7th April 2020

    ...that in excess of 50 species of butterfly have been recorded in Ireland over the years! Ian tells the stories of the lesser-known visitors and introductions to our shores.