The Dublin Naturalists' Field Club
1886 - 2017
BOTANY IN EARLY MODERN IRELAND
A CONFERENCE ON 17 NOVEMBER 2017
Aims of the DNFC
Dublin Naturalists' Field Club was founded in 1886 and early members included Robert
Lloyd Praeger and Nathaniel Colgan. It has the general aim
of promoting an interest in all branches of natural history.
The Field club activities are educational and provide opportunities for people to share their interests in, and learn about the natural history of our environment.
The Club is concerned with the conservation and protection of rare and endangered plants and animals and the protection of sites of scientific interest.
Its membership, which consists of several hundred people of all ages, includes both amateur and professional naturalists. Interest and enthusiasm are the only qualifications needed.
Nathaniel Colgan (1851-1919)and Robert Lloyd Praeger (1865-1953)
principal event is the outdoor field excursion and approximately 50 are held
These are concentrated in the Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare and Meath region and take place throughout the year, whatever the weather may be.
Whit weekend brings the Club to different parts of Ireland each year, e.g. Carlingford, West Cork, Sligo, and the Burren.
Indoor lectures are given by invited speakers and the topics are extremely varied geographically and in subject matter, from Irish Conservation Policy to exploration of the Antarctic.
Identification workshops are another aspect of the Club's activities.
Work on a country wide survey of butterflies is currently in progress by the
Club members and non-member volunteers.
"Ireland's Butterflies A Review" was published in 2012.
THE INFORMATION received by the authors from several hundred recorders,
during their coordination of butterfly recording over a fifteen year survey period (1995-2009)
of all the butterflies of Ireland, is central to this book.
The "Flora of County Dublin"
was published by the Field Club in
and is the most detailed county
survey of plants ever carried out in Ireland. See publications page.
It is available from dnfc at eircom dot net at a price of €20 (postage €7.50 extra).
The Field Club have produced a "Guide to the Butterflies of Ireland" which is a simple publication to help identify butterflies in the field, or display as a wall chart. (see Butterfly Guide page).
Further information on butterflies can be viewed on the Field Club Butterfly Web Site www.butterflyireland.com
Work on a country wide survey of butterflies is currently in progress by the Club members and non-member volunteers.
The Field Club is one of the sponsors of the Irish Naturalists' Journal, which publishes articles on all aspects of Irish natural history.
information about the Field Club, general enquiries (excluding membership) and
circulars to the
Honorary Secretary: Charles Shier
Email: Honorary.Secretary at dnfc dot net
For company related business only:
Contact by Email: Company.Secretary at dnfc dot net
Applications/enquiries about joining should be made to the Membership Secretary or by completion of the Membership Application Form and sending it to her:
31 Cherrywood Park
Email: Membership.Secretary at dnfc dot net
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Naturalists' Field Club (DNFC) Officers
P J Walls Email:
P J Walls Email:President at dnfc dot net
Vice President: Charles Shier
Hon. Vice President: Declan Doogue
Company Secretary: Gerry Sharkey
Hon. Secretary Tom Miniter
Treasurer: Con Breen
Membership Secretary: Fridolin Kerr
Dublin Naturalists' Field Club is a Company Limited by Guarantee No.270016
and a Registered Charity CHY 11424
Registered address: 35 Nutley Park, Donnybrook, Dublin D04 W2N2.
Last updated on 25 July 2017
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