Want to Reconnect with the Wildlife around you?
Want to become an expert on your local pollinators?
Want to learn butterfly identification and monitoring skills?
Want to contribute to National and International conservation research?
Come along to a free workshop by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and learn how.
Monitoring butterfly populations is an important means of measuring change in the environment as well as the change in state of habitats for biodiversity. It is also a useful way that both professional ecologists and volunteers can contribute to the conservation of insects, the majority of Irish biodiversity! Tomás Murray of the National Biodiversity Data Centre will introduce the biology and the species of Irish butterflies, and provide training on how to monitor this group of pollinators according to international standards. You’ll also get to spend a few hours in the field honing your identification skills for both groups and practice the necessary skills to become a recorder for the National Biodiversity Data Centre’s butterfly monitoring scheme.
Schedule this Sunday 28th May, Kilsheelan
10:00 – 10:45 Introduction to the national monitoring scheme.
11:00 – 12:45 Butterfly identification.
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (bring you own).
14:00 – 16:00 Practice identification and monitoring skills in the field.*
* Weather permitting – if not suitable, species identification will be covered more intensely.