Why not join the Ring of Gullion Team and Butterfly Conservation Northern Ireland for a picnic with a difference as part of Moth Nights. Are you interested in wildlife, or maybe have a budding David Attenborough or Chris Packham in the family?
If so, bring along your picnic to enjoy, while watching and listening for bats and moths in Slieve Gullion Forest Park. Catherine Bertrand, Senior Regional Officer for Butterfly Conservation Northern Ireland will be the moth and bat expert, who will provide a short talk on both, in Slieve Gullion Forest Park’s walled garden.
Then there will be a chance to search in the woodlands and nearby hedgerows for the elusive bat with special bat monitors and at the same time we will try and lure the bat’s prey – moths, into special moth traps.
There will be some moth traps available to families on the night, to take home and try out in their own garden. Returning the next morning to Slieve Gullion, to uncover what was found in the night!
It’s a great chance for all the family to have a close encounter with wildlife! Everyone is welcome.
Please bring sturdy footwear, a small picnic, warm clothing and torch. This event is part of the National Moth Nights and there are prizes for the following:-
- The highest species list – The winner will receive a 6W portable actinic moth-trap donated by Watkins & Doncaster.
- Rarest immigrant moth species – The winner may choose books to the value of £50 from the range of titles supplied by Atropos Books (valid for one year).
- Most significant record of a resident macro-moth – The One Stop Nature Shop will supply the winner with a 2MP USB Digital camera.
- Most significant record of a resident micro-moth – The winner will receive a moth/butterfly net and a copy of Conifer Moths donated by Anglian Lepidopterist Supplies.
- The best photograph of a Convolvulus Hawk-moth taken during the Moth Night period – The winner will receive £50 of gift vouchers donated by Thompson & Morgan.
For more information on Moth Nights and the competition, click here.