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2017

EVENTS PROGRAMME

  EVENTS PROGRAMME January 2017 

  EVENTS PROGRAMME SUMMARY February to April 2017

  EVENTS PROGRAMME February 2017

  EVENTS PROGRAMME March 2017

  EVENTS PROGRAMME April 2017

EVENTS PROGRAMME SUMMARY May to July 2017

EVENTS PROGRAMME May 2017

EVENTS PROGRAMME June 2017

EVENTS PROGRAMME July 2017

 

EVENTS PROGRAMME JANUARY 2017

SATURDAY 7th JANUARY 2017                                      PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

Morning:  Insect and beetle identification .
Beetles of  many shapes, sizes and families, collected during surveys in South Dublin and Fingal will be presented by Nessa Darcy,. Niamh Lennon will have photos of insects and information available to help us.

Afternooon:  Bees and snails.
Ana Esmerelda Herrero will take us through bumblebee identification with the help of her reference collection of bees  Laila Higgins will examine specimens collected during an outing on 22nd October, with particular attention being paid to gastropods.
 

Bring: Specimens for examination, discussion and identification; hand lens and identification books.

 Praeger Meeting (photos) January 2017 (Photos by P Lenihan)

Report Praeger Meeting January 2017 (Bees by Ana Esmerelda Herrero)

Report Praeger Meeting Janaury 2017 (Information Sources by Dorothy Lyle)

Report Praeger Meeting Janaury 2017 (Introduction to Beetles by Nessa Darcy)

Sunday 15th JANUARY 2017                                           Turvey Reserve, Fingal

Winter Waders
We will go to Rogerstown Hide to see the wintering flocks at their height

Leader: Brendan Black

Bring: Binoculars, warm clothing, bird book, lunch.    

 
SATURDAY 28th JANUARY 2017                                   KILCOOLE, CO. WICKLOW        

Bird Watching

The outing will consist of a walk southwards along the seashore at Kilcoole, which is known as “The Murrough”. During this time of year there are usually large numbers of waders, ducks, geese, swans and sea birds present.

Leader: Pat Lenihan.
Bring: Warm waterproof clothes, binoculars

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EVENTS PROGRAMME FEBRUARY 2017

 

SATURDAY 4TH FEBRUARY                                PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

DNFC Workshop in the National Botanic Gardens

 

Morning:       Binoculars, GPS Mapping and Microscopes.  Pat Lenihan and others.

                      Using the New Television – linking to laptops and other devices.

                      Mapmate. David Nash

Afternoon: Local Flora Writers’ Study Group

These sessions will address issues relating to the development of our understanding of the flora of Ireland. In the process, we will assist members to organise research and expand their background knowledge in order to produce and prepare material suitable for publication. Topics will include reviews of recent pertinent taxonomic and ecological literature.

Through the year, we will also provide guidance in the preparation of notes for publication, longer scientific papers and expanded opportunities to examine and evaluate various published county floras and other relevant papers.

In addition, we will use these sessions to move forward various projects in which the DNFC has a direct involvement.  These include The Rubus Flora of Ireland, The Flora of Howth, The Supplement to the Flora of County Wicklow and Botany in early 18th Century Ireland.  Other projects in gestation include the preparation of check lists of the flora of individual counties and the development of rare plant registers on a county basis.

The main purpose of this preliminary meeting is to set the agenda for our work through 2017 and to establish priorities. 

Items for discussion on this occasion will include Rare Species Registers and Old literature records.

  

THURSDAY 9th FEBRUARY 2017                                  TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN

Pleasure in Plants
Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815) Ireland's First Female Botanist. Uncovering more of the story of the remarkable young woman, whose study of cryptogams contributed significantly to scientific knowledge, and earned her great respect within the botanical community of her time and over the two centuries since her death.
See www.ellenhutchins.com for more information on Ellen Hutchins and the Festival.

Speaker: Madeline Hutchins

 

SATURDAY 18th FEBRUARY 2017                                BOOTERSTOWN, DUBLIN 

Bird Watching Outing on Booterstown Marsh
To see, hear and chat about wintering waders, duck, geese and raptors.  High Tide is at mid-day so outing will last about two hours.

Leader: Sean Hogan

Bring: Warm clothes essential. Binoculars and telescopes and bird guides would be very helpful.

  

SUNDAY 19th FEBRUARY 2017                          TIBRADDEN MOUNTAIN, DUBLIN

 Mountain Walk
This is a lovely walk in the Dublin hills which is not too taxing as there is a track most of the way. From the carpark, we will head to Tibradden, from there we will follow a well-worn track with a gradual incline to Fairy Castle, Two Rock and Three Rock returning via the Wicklow Way.

 Leader: Rosaleen Fitzgerald

Bring: Please wear strong shoes or hiking boots if you have them, wrap up well and bring lunch and a hot drink and raingear.

  

SATURDAY 25th FEBRUARY 2017                                GLENCULLEN, CO. DUBLIN 

Bryophytes: A Joint DNFC / British Bryological Society (Dublin Group) Outing.  
We will return to the southern slopes of Two Rock Mountain (Ballybrack), where there are a series of seepage flushes on shallow peat in a mosaic with wet heath. The mosses in the seepage areas are indicative of less acidic conditions compared to those of the wet heath. Beginners
most welcome. 

Leader: Katharine Duff. 

Bring:  Warm clothes, and if you have a hand lens and ID books.

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  Short Report

EVENTS PROGRAMME MARCH 2017

 

 SATURDAY 4TH MARCH 2017   PRAEGER CENRE                     NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS

DNFC Workshop in the National Botanic Gardens

Morning: Ferns and Horsetails. 
This will include updates on progress made since the last Fern session. 
Short presentations and discussions will include
Polystichum: by Con Breen, and others

Polypodium:  Declan Doogue and others

Taraxacum: Alexis FitzGerald

Afternoon

Local Flora Writers’ Study Group

Sources of information

Local Floras

   Photographs (P Lenihan) 

FRIDAY 17th MARCH 2017                                              

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Good luck to the ladies and gents of the Six Nations!          

 

SATURDAY 25th MARCH 2017                                                    SHANKILL, DUBLIN

The glacial deposits at Shanganagh/Shankill Co. Dublin: their nature, description and origin
The glacial sediments deposited along this stretch of coast are clearly visible in the cliff sections. The trip will present these deposits (some of the most complex in the country) in an understandable way and show the participants how we describe and analyse such materials in order to understand the timing and behaviour of the last great ice sheets to cover the country. You must not approach the cliff face as there are frequent falls of material and just one cubic metre of this consolidated sediment weighs nearly 3 tonnes!

Leader:  Peter Coxon.

Bring: Hiking boots or strong boots (the cobbles on the beach are hard to walk on) are required and you need warm weather gear – the beach is very exposed (check the weather forecast).

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  EVENTS PROGRAMME APRIL 2017

SATURDAY 1ST APRIL   PRAEGER CENTRE  NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS

 DNFC Workshop in the National Botanic Gardens

Morning:
Taraxacum
by Declan Doogue
Bring copies of BSBI Handbook No.9 “Dandelions of Britain and Ireland” by A.A. Dudman and A.J. Richards. 
A number of significant discoveries have been made recently in relation to Irish Dandelions and there is the expectation that further taxa await recognition and description from Ireland.  A number of Irish counties have no dandelions recorded and it is hoped that this event will stimulate some members to begin the collection of good-quality specimens suitable for critical examination.

Afternoon
Local Flora Writers’ Study Group
Organising fieldwork and data
Publishing short notes
County checklists

   Photographs (P Lenihan) 

SATURDAY 8th APRIL 2017                                                         BULL ISLAND, DUBLIN

Bird Watching
We will walk along the top of the Saltmarsh overlooking the mudflats on the lookout for migratory waders, ducks, Light-bellied Brent Geese and whatever other birds that might be heard or spotted along the way.

Leader:  Cathal O’Brien.

Bring: Robust footwear, warm clothes,binoculars and bird books.

   

SATURDAY 15th APRIL 2017                   NEWTOWN MOUNT KENNEDY, WICKLOW

Recording for the Supplement to the Flora of County Wicklow. 

Leader:  Declan Doogue.

Bring:  Bring notebooks, GPS devices, plastic bags.  If weather permits we will also collect some Taraxacum material for subsequent critical examination, both here and at other sites nearby. 

    Photographs (P Lenihan)

SATURDAY 22nd APRIL 2017                                          PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

CANCELLED

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EVENTS PROGRAMME MAY 2017

 

SATURDAY 6th MAY                          PRAEGER CENTRE,  NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS                                                                                                              

Workshop: Plant Identification

Morning Session: An Introduction to Crucifers.
Members are asked to bring in fresh or pressed specimens of Crucifers for demonstration and /or identification.  If possible members should bring copies of the BSBI Crucifer handbook by Tim Rich.

Afternoon Session: The new BSBI Viola handbook – a discussion.

Leaders: David Nash and Declan Doogue. 
The new BSBI Handbook on Viola (violets and pansies) has given us much to think about. It includes interesting comments on Viola lutea and its relationship to plants usually referred to as Viola tricolor ssp. curtisii.
  There are interesting perspectives on the status the various pansies of arable ground, new thoughts on Viola lutea and its putative hybrids and interesting clarifications on the hybrids between V. riviniana and V. reichenbachiana. If you have not already procured a copy of the BSBI Handbook, David will have a number available on the day at €15.

An Introduction to Brambles and the collecting of Rubus specimens. 

In advance of David Allen’s visit to Ireland, planned for July, we will exhibit a selection of specimens and related literature.  It is hoped that members will collect material following this exhibit for later examination by him.

    Photographs (P Lenihan)  

SATURDAY 13th MAY                                                                     Liffey Head Bog, Wicklow

Blanket bog
An exploration of blanket bog habitat and flora near the source of the Liffey River. From the meeting point, we will walk south along the road and head east onto the bog, somewhere close to Liffey Head Bridge. Hard, rough, heathery ground and soft wet mossy ground will be met. We can explore a small area in detail or walk a larger area depending on preferences.

Leader: Caitriona Douglas

Bring: Wellingtons or waterproof walking boots if you prefer though you will very likely get wet feet in the latter. Be prepared for all or any weather wind, hail, rain but hopefully sunshine! Also bring lunch and water and /or hot drink. A plastic bag is good if you want to rest, hopefully on a heathy/drier knoll, for lunch! Bring a compass/OS discovery map 56/ etc., if you like though I will also bring map, aerial photo and some copies of information about the bog. If you like bring a hands lens and ID books for lower and higher plants.  

 

SATURDAY 20th MAY     NORTH BULL ISLAND, DUBLIN

Butterflies and General Wildlife
We will visit the Alder Marsh to see the Marsh Fritillary, as well as a number of other early summer butterflies such as Common Blue and Small Heath on the adjoining dunes. The Marsh Fritillary is of particular interest as it was only discovered by Frank Smyth on the Island in 2011, not having been recorded in the Dublin area for several decades. There have been lots of Marsh Fritillary caterpillars seen there in recent weeks it should be good opportunity to see this increasingly rare species at close quarters.
 

Other insects likely to be seen include Cinnabar and larvae of the Six-spot Burnet moths
A wide variety of plants have been recorded here and Bee Orchids were seen on a previous visit.  Sky Larks and Meadow Pipits are usually numerous.

Leaders: Frank Smyth and Bob Aldwell
Bring:
Identification books, hand lens and lunch.

   Outing Report

 

SATURDAY, 27th MAY                PRAEGER CENTRE, NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS,  GLASNEVIN

Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club Annual General Meeting 2017

Postponed to July

The agenda, and other details, of the meeting will have been sent to members in a separate mailing.

All members are encouraged to attend.

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EVENTS PROGRAMME JUNE 2017

  

SATURDAY 3rd JUNE                      PRAEGER CENTRE, NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS, GLASNEVIN

Workshop: Identification

Leader: Tim Rich

Our special invited expert guest, Dr. Tim Rich will conduct a series of identification workshops dealing with certain taxonomically difficult plant groups.  Tim has been deeply involved with the preparation and writing of many BSBI Handbooks.  He edited the recent handbook on Fumitories authored by Rosaline J Murphy, a group that has often presented difficulties for recorders.

Members are encouraged to bring in specimens, dried or fresh, for identification belonging to the following groups - Sorbus, Crucifers, Luzula, Fumaria.

 

SUNDAY 4th JUNE DONARD, WICKLOW

Recording for the Supplement to the Flora of County Wicklow

We will visit sites in County Wicklow as part of the DNFC Supplement to the Flora of County Wicklow project.  We intend to examine nearby sites recognised and visited by J.P. Brunker more than 70 years ago.

Leader: Declan Doogue

Bring: Notebooks, GPS devices, walking boots, lunch.

 
SATURDAY
10th JUNE    KILPEDDER AND SURROUNDINGS, WICKLOW

Recording for the Supplement to the Flora of County Wicklow

Leader:  Alexis FitzGerald

Bring: Notebooks, GPS devices, walking boots, lunch.

 

THURSDAY 15ht – MONDAY 19th JUNE                                                                  Isle of Man

Federation of Irish Field Clubs Outing

The Federation of Irish Field Clubs is organising a Field Excursion to the Isle of Man from Thursday 15th to Monday 19th June. The field trip is open to all DNFC members and will based at the Welbeck Hotel in Douglas. Participants will travel to the excursion sites each day by coach.

Please note that participants are responsible for their own travel to and from the Isle of Man, and details of flights and ferries are included on the attached information note. If you have any questions about the outing then please send them to Charles.Shier..

 

SATURDAY 17th JUNE JUNIOR MEMBERS OUTING, RED ISLAND, SKERRIES

Intertidal flora and fauna

We will explore the flora and fauna of the rocky shores around Red Island, Skerries. We will also keep an eye out for birds and marine mammals using the coastal waters and nearby islands. This meeting is aimed at younger members/families but all are welcome, particularly if you want to share your knowledge of the area. We will spend an hour either side of low tide exploring.

All children must be accompanied by an adult, no dogs allowed please.

Leader: Kate Harrington.

Bring:  Appropriate footwear and clothing for wet and rocky ground, identification books, buckets/trays/nets/viewing pots/hand lens etc., a bag for any shells/treasure found, and lunch for a picnic at the end.

 

SATURDAY 24TH JUNE   MOUNTLUCAS WIND FARM, OFFALY

Turbines & Cutaway Peatland Flora

Mountlucas Wind Farm is located just east of Daingean in Co. Offaly. It was developed in 2014 on an area of former industrial cutaway peatland. The wind farm contains 28 turbines, with a total output of 84 megawatts (MW), and has a new Visitor Centre where we can learn about the development of the wind farm and see footage recorded during its construction.  We will also examine the recolonization of peatland areas disturbed during construction and visit a wetland area adjacent to the Centre. Tea, coffee and toilet facilities are available at the Visitor Centre.

Leader: Charles Shier

Bring: Outdoor clothing, hiking boots, floras, hand lens, lunch.

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EVENTS PROGRAMME JULY 2017

SATURDAY 1st JULY PRAEGER CENTRE, NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS, GLASNEVIN

Workshop: Plant Identification

Rubus Identification Workshop

Leaders: Declan Doogue and others

In advance of the visit of David Allen to Cork and Dublin later in July, we will hold a meeting to study, at a preliminary level, Rubus material collected by members in the previous month.

We will attempt to assign fresh and pressed specimens to the various sections within Rubus and to familiarise ourselves with the characteristics of some of the more distinctive and widespread species.

Relevant material will be submitted to David for examination during his Ireland visit.

 

SATURDAY 15th JULY      WORKING FARM, MAYNOOTH

Working Farm

We will take a broad look at the natural history to be found on a working farm. 

Leader: Anthony Mooney.          

Bring: Identification books, hand lens and lunch.

  Meeeting Report (Bob Aldwell)

 

SATURDAY 22nd JULY     NATIONAL BASKETBALL ARENA, TYMON PARK, TALLAGHT

Pan-trapping Bees and Hoverflies

The high floristic esker grasslands at the National Basketball Arena are thrumming with insects. This outing will focus on pan-trapping bees and hoverflies. In 2016, Nessa Darcy found a number of uncommon insect species of conservation interest, including three Near Threatened bees (Bombus muscorum, Bombus lapidarius, Halictus tumulorum), a rarely recorded bug (Pachytomella parallela), and a declining rove beetle (Staphylinus dimidiaticornis). Ana Esmerelda Hererro will identify bees, ants and wasps. Nessa is getting to grips with hoverflies! The area is a County Geological Site and home to a number of orchids including Ophrys apifera, the bee orchid. It is full of surprises!

Outing is for all levels, beginner to expert. 

Leaders: Nessa Darcy and Ana Esmerelda Hererro

Bring: Hand lenses, field guides to bees and hoverflies, weather-appropriate clothing, lunch if you plan to stick around.

 

SUNDAY 30TH JULY         WARD RIVER VALLEY PARK, SWORDS, DUBLIN

Calcareous grassland, woodland, old water features

We will explore the western end of the Ward River Valley Park, a large suburban park owned by Fingal County Council. The park contains a mix of habitats, some of which are highly managed and manicured, and some of which are semi-natural and of good nature conservation value. There is a small area, quite hidden away, of particular botanical interest (holding a number of species scarce in the area, including five orchid species) which we will investigate first, followed by some meandering through the nearby woodlands, which contain many interesting features (including old ponds – good for aquatics perhaps). I’ll give a little historical background on the park also. We will make a detailed list of all plants we see (I recently recorded over 250 plant species there - so we’ll try to add to this!), as well as recording anything else we spot too.

Leader: Maria Long

Bring:  Prepare for Irish weather – so warm and waterproof clothes/layers, as well as suncream! Wellies might be useful as we will be in wet woods, but they are unlikely to be essential. Bring lunch and water as we’ll be out for a good few hours, and bring hand lens if you Have one, as well as any ID books you think might be useful.

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2016

EVENTS PROGRAMME JANUARY TO OCTOBER 2016

EVENTS PROGRAMME January 2016 

EVENTS PROGRAMME February 2016 

EVENTS PROGRAMME March 2016 

EVENTS PROGRAMME April 2016 

EVENTS PROGRAMME May 2016 

EVENTS PROGRAMME June 2016 

EVENTS PROGRAMME July 2016 

EVENTS PROGRAMME August 2016 

EVENTS PROGRAMME September 2016

EVENTS PROGRAMME October 2016

EVENTS PROGRAMME November 2016

EVENTS PROGRAMME December 2016

 

 

EVENTS PROGRAMME JANUARY 2016

 

SATURDAY 2nd JANUARY 2016                                     PRAEGER CENTRE, NATIONAL BOTANIC GAARDENS

 Hawkweed Workshop and Natural History Books

The morning session will be of special interest to those wishing to familiarize themselves with the identification of Hieracium species — a difficult genus.

Introduction to Hawkweeds.
Declan Doogue.

Botanical and other Natural History Books.
Declan Doogue, Alexis FitzGerald & Others.

Bring: Specimens, hand lens and identification books.

 

SATURDAY 9th JANUARY 2016                                                 MILLTOWN, DUBLIN 6

River Dodder Walk
We will walk along the river from the Old Milltown Bridge to Dartry, and return by Palmerston Road. Along the way, we will look out for any flora, including alien species, that may be present, and examine the relics of former mills and millraces. In case of rain, we can take refuge in a coffee shop.

Leader: Mary Carson.

Bring: Warm clothing, identification books and hand lens.

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SATURDAY 16th JANUARY 2016                                               ARDGILLAN ESTATE

Winter Botany
Identification of plant species in winter requires careful scrutiny of available evidence. We will look at trees, hedgerows and their epiphytes cover and any fungus we find in the parkland.

Leaders: Maria Cullen & Howard Fox.

Bring: Bring picnic lunch and warm clothing.

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SATURDAY 23rd JANUARY 2016                                                           MARLAY PARK    

Trees in Winter

Marlay Park is a 121 hectares historic demesne at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, which is now managed by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co. Council as a Regional Park.  It has many mature trees and a number of large ponds that are fed by the Little Dargle River. We will walk along the wooded paths and identify deciduous trees based on branching, bark, buds, and any remaining seeds. We will also look at some conifers and identify the more common ones from their needles, tree shape, and cones.

Leader: Katharine Duff

Bring:  Hand lens, tree identification book and rain gear.

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SUNDAY 24th JANUARY 2016                                                                JUNIOR MEMBERS' OUTING

Sea Life Centre on the Promenade in Bray, Co Wicklow
Would you like to see Fish, Sea Horses, Starfish, Stingrays, Crabs, Small Sharks and other sea creatures in the middle of Winter and not get your feet wet or feel the cold? If so, this is the outing for you. In addition, you will also see fish being fed and you can hold a Crab or touch a Starfish. We will also have a guide to answer your questions.


Leader: Niamh Lennon.

Bring: A notebook, and pen or pencil. Wellington Boots are not necessary.

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SATURDAY 30th JANUARY 2016           NATIONAL MUSEUM, BEGGARS BUSH

 

Behind the Scenes at the Dead Zoo

The National Museum of Ireland has its Natural History Collections Research Building at Beggars Bush, Dublin 4. We will visit this facility, which houses “the museum behind the scenes’” and includes most collections, library and staff offices.

 
Leader:
Nigel Monaghan.

The campus is near the Dart line (Grand Canal Dock station) and on the 4, 7, 63, and 84A bus routes. There is free car parking on site but avoid spaces reserved for residents because a €100 clamping fee applies.

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EVENTS PROGRAMME FEBRUARY 2016

 

SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY 2016 GLENCULLEN, CO. DUBLIN

Bryophytes: A Joint DNFC / British Bryological Society (Dublin Group) Outing
We will look at the southern slopes of Two Rock Mountain (Ballybrack), where there are a series of seepage flushes in a mosaic with wet heath. The bryophytes in the seepage areas are indicative of less acidic conditions with some mineral input compared to those of the wet heath.
Leader: Katharine Duff.
Bring: Warm clothes, gloves, hand lens, and identification books.

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SATURDAY 13th FEBRUARY 2016 GRAND CANAL, CRUMLIN

Demonstration: Ringing of Mute Swans (Cygnus olor)
Swans will be fitted with coloured rings to assist in monitoring the Mute Swans of Dublin. You will see close up how a number of Swans are handled and processed, and how the biometrics are taken and recorded. The Swans will then be ringed with both a metal and a colour ring for ease of identification later. This will allow the birds to be monitored and tracked without the need for recapture. There will also be a short talk and discussion on the Mute Swan Nesting Project 2015, and what will be learned from it over the coming years.
Leaders: Graham Prole, Sean Kingston, and Brendan Kavanagh.
Bring: Warm clothes.
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SATURDAY 20th FEBRUARY 2016 PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

Progress in the preparation of the Supplement to the Flora of County Wicklow – updates, issues and future planning

An Introduction to Potentilla species – what to look for and what to collect
This introduction is being made well in advance of the field season. It is hoped to acquire much additional material through 2016 in order to investigate the extent and variation of the species (Potentilla erecta, P. anglica and P. reptans) and their hybrids.
Various presenters.

Maps. A demonstration of early maps, and their relevance to present-day habitat interpretation and vegetation.
We will concentrate mainly on the maps that preceded the Irish Ordnance Survey, then move on to the six-inch to the mile map of the OS, and the various smaller-scale maps that appeared at the end of the 19th century. We will also consider how earlier maps and surveys can be used to convey information that is highly relevant to modern field botany, habitat interpretation and vegetation change.

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SATURDAY 27th FEBRUARY 2016 CORKAGH PARK, CLONDALKIN

Nature Walk
We will take a walk through the grounds of the park, which is under the care of South Dublin County Council. There will be plenty to see including man made lakes, rivers and streams, veteran trees, stone buildings, and the remains of a walled garden.

Leader: Shane Lombard.
Bring: Hiking Boots and Rainwear.

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EVENTS PROGRAMME MARCH 2016


SATURDAY 5th MARCH 2016 PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

An introduction to Taraxacum
The workshop will provide an introduction to this difficult group. This first meeting will concentrate on the preparation and preservation of specimens, the diversity of native and introduced species, and the recognition of the basic groups. Members should obtain copies of the BSBI Handbook No.9: Dandelions of Great Britain and Ireland by A. A. Dudman and A.J. Richards. They should bring small scissors and blunt kitchen knives, newspapers, and plastic bags. Weather permitting, we will also examine dandelions growing in the vicinity of Glasnevin.
Leader: Declan Doogue.

Book Reviews

The Art of Botanical Illustration by Wilfrid Blunt and William T. Stearn.
A presentation and review by P. J. Walls of the recent issue of this botanical classic.

Irish Botanical Illustrators & Flower Painters by Patricia Butler.
A summary of this publication, followed by a discussion, will be lead by Pat Lenihan.
Members may also wish to bring to our attention other publications of relevance.

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SATURDAY 12th MARCH 2016 CLOGHERHEAD, CO. LOUTH

Bird Watching In winter
This part of the North East Coast is home to many species of sea and shore birds. During the day we hope to see a wide variety of waders, ducks, geese and gulls.

Leader: Pat Kearney.

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SATURDAY 19th MARCH 2016 KILCOOLE, CO. WICKLOW

Bird Watching
The outing will consist of a walk southwards along the seashore at Kilcoole, which is known as “The Murrough”. During this time of year there are usually large numbers of waders, ducks, geese, swans and sea birds present.
Leader: Pat Lenihan.
Bring: warm waterproof clothes, binoculars and lunch.

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GOOD FRIDAY 25th MARCH 2016 SANTRY DEMESNE AND WOODS

Woodland Flora
The floristic value of Santry Woods, and the nearby Kilmore Woods – now lost, has been appreciated by botanists for many years. There are many old records from the area of woodland plants that are now very uncommon such as Hypericum hirsutum. There are recent records for species such as Viola reichenbachiana and Ranunculus auricomus that indicate a continuity of deciduous woodland on the site. In view of recent changes in the management of the woods, it will be interesting to see which of these species have survived. If possible, we will also examine the invertebrate fauna of leaf-litter and decaying logs.

Leader: Declan Doogue.

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EVENTS PROGRAMME APRIL 2016



SATURDAY 2nd APRIL 2016 PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

Conifer Identification
Leader: Charles Shier

Workshop

Conifer Identification Walk

Bring: conifer identification books and hand lens.

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SUNDAY 10th APRIL 2016 BALLYCORUS & CARRICKGOLLOGAN

Geology
We will take a leisurely stroll around the area of the old mine workings from where there are panoramic views of the Wicklow and Dublin mountains. We should get to see igneous and metamorphic rocks, hopefully with some metallic minerals, and the glacial imprint on the surrounding landscape.

Leader: Kieran Craven.
Bring: Robust footwear, warm clothes, binoculars, and a hand lens.
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SATURDAY 16th APRIL 2016 DJOUCE MOUNTAIN, CO. WICKLOW

Mountain Flora
We will take a gentle walk to Djouce from Long Hill. The flora of the mountains is restricted at the best of times and this, coupled with the time of the year, will narrow the range of species in flower. However, we are bound to see the following plants at some point of their life cycle: Ling (Calluna vulgaris), Bell Heather (Erica cinerea), and Cross-leaved Heather (Erica tetralix). Perhaps we will see some Autumn Gorse (Ulex gallii), Crowberry (Empetrum nigrum), Heath Bedstraw (Galium saxatile), and the remains of Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) and Common Butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris). We will also see some common ferns such as Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum), Hard Fern (Blechnum spicant), Hartstongue (Phyllitis scolopendrium), Rusty-back Fern (Ceterach officinarum), and Polypodium (Polypodium vulgare).
Leader: Rosaleen Fitzgerald.
Bring: Lunch and a hot drink, raingear. Wrap up well, and wear strong shoes or hiking boots.

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SATURDAY 23rd APRIL 2016 TURVEY NATURE RESERVE

Nature Walk
The Reserve is an excellent location for a wide variety of invertebrates. We will take a walk with a look at whatever species are around, which hopefully will include some insects, if the weather has been kind.
Leader: Dorothy Lyle.
Bring: Warm clothing, identification books, hand lenses and lunch.

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SUNDAY 24th APRIL 2016 JUNIOR MEMBER’S OUTING, RATHFARNHAM

Scavenger Hunt, St. Enda’s Park During our hunt we hope to find, and to learn lots about, some of the little animals and Insects that live in the park and in the water. In addition, we will look at birds, flowers, and trees. The Whitechurch Stream flows through the park, which also has a pond and nature room.
Leader: Niamh Lennon.

Bring: Pen or pencil, identification book on Insects, trees, and flowers.
Note: AN ADULT MUST ACCOMPANY ALL CHILDREN. NO DOGS ALLOWED.

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SATURDAY 30th APRIL

Dublin  Naturalists’ Field Club: Annual General Meeting 2016
Praeger Centre, National Botanic Gardens.
The agenda, and other details, of the meeting will have been sent to members in a separate mailing.
All members are encouraged to attend.

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EVENTS PROGRAMME MAY 2016

 

 
SUNDAY  MAY 8th 2016                                            PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs
  
An introduction to Taraxacum
We will b e concentrating on Sections Naevosa, Celtica and Erythrosperma. Please bring freshly-gathered material, especially from natural habitats.  Dandelions from these sections are usually more frequent in natural and semi-natural habitats such as uplands (Naevosa), tracksides (Celtica) and sand hill grassland (Erythrosperma).  Failing that, bring along material from urban situations – where different species from other sections are predominant.
Leader: Declan Doogue.        


Reviews and discussion
Evening Primroses of Britain and Ireland by R .J. Murphy – the new BSBI handbook No.16 
The development of the paper by D. A. Webb “The Flora of the Aran Islands”  in Journal of Life Sciences Royal Dublin Society (1980) 51-83.   This is available to download from the Botanic Gardens Web Site.
Flora of the North-east of Ireland and Supplements
H. C. Hart, The Flora of Howth
 
Bring: Specimens for examination, discussion and identification; hand lens and identification books.
 
  
SUNDAY 15th MAY 2016                                       KILPEDDER, CO. WICKLOW  
 

Wicklow Flora Supplement
We will record around the village and environs of Kilpedder.
 
Bring:  Plant Identification books, hand lens and snack.
 
 
 
Saturday 21st MAY 2016                           CRONE, GLENCREE RIVER AND MAULIN
 
Strictly a Wicklow Supplement Recording Outing
Woodland, Riverine and Upland Flora
We plan to follow the Wicklow Way walkway and record the area surrounding Crone Woods, Glencree River and hopefully head up towards Maulin Mountain. Brunker recorded a number of interesting plants in the area which we will try to re-find. 

Leader: Alexis Fitzgerald.

Bring: Walking boots and/or wellies, waterproof wear, identification books, hand lens and lunch.
 
 
 Saturday 28th MAY 2016               Cadamstown, Slieve Bloom Mountains
 
The Silver River gorge
The site should be good for mosses and is the only Offaly site for Filmy fern. The walk follows the Silver River up through a fine wooded gorge with tufa formations and interesting flora and then out onto moorland.
 
Leader: Fiona Devery.

Bring: Bring lunch and suitable gear for rough ground.
 

EVENTS PROGRAMME JUNE 2016
 
 
 
SATURDAY 4th JUNE 2016                                              PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs
 
 An introduction to the genus Veronica
The well-known Speedwells form a compact taxonomic group in the Irish flora, and are present in both urban/suburban areas and in natural habitats.  As well as the straightforward species, there are also some interesting variations, sub-species and hybrids to be considered.  Material (fresh or dried) of Veronica hederifolia   from contrasting shaded and open sunny situations would be welcome, as would ambiguous material from the species-pair V. anagallis-aquatica and V. catenata.
Leader
: Tom Miniter

Separating Rosa canina and Rosa arvensis
Leaders
: Rosaleen Fitzgerald and Declan Doogue

More on Maps – especially on using the 1-inch to the mile series.
Leaders: Alexis Fitzgerald and Declan Doogue

Some lesser-known local floras and journals
Leader: Declan Doogue
 
Bring: Specimens for examination, discussion and identification; hand lens and identification books.
 
  
SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2016                                                               BULL ISLAND
           
Butterflies and General Wildlife
We will visit the Alder Marsh to see the Marsh Fritillary, as well as a number of other early summer butterflies such as Common Blue and Small Heath on the adjoining dunes. The Marsh Fritillary is of particular interest as it was only discovered by Frank Smyth on the Island in 2011, not having been recorded in the Dublin area for several decades. Adults have appeared in hundreds on the Bull Island in recent years and if the weather is fine we may be lucky to see egg laying. It will also be interesting to see how the Fritillaries have done after the severe flooding of the past winter.
Other insects likely to be seen include Cinnibar moths and larvae of the Six spot Burnet.
 A wide variety of plants have been recorded here and Bee Orchids were seen on a previous visit.  Sky Larks and Meadow Pipits are usually numerous.
 
Leaders: Frank Smyth and Bob Aldwell.
 
Bring:  Identification books, hand lens and lunch.
 
SATURDAY 18th JUNE 2016                                Federation Meeting, Laytown
 
Federation Meeting
Following the successful outing to Wexford last year, the Federation of Irish Field Clubs (FIFC) will hold a 1-day Field Meeting in Laytown, Co Meath on Saturday 18th June 2016. The field meeting is open to all members of Field Clubs, Wildlife Clubs and similar organisations interested in nature and the promotion of field crafts. 
 
 
SATURDAY 25th JUNE 2016                    LOUISA BRIDGE, LEIXLIP, CO. KILDARE
 
Springs, baths, snails and plants - a rich site!
Louisa Bridge hosts tufa springs and as well as woodland, grassland, reedbed and other habitats. It is diverse in plants and animals. We will explore some of this easily accessible but delightful site, and even try to locate some of its tiniest creatures - Vertigo whorl snails.
 
Leader: Maria Long
 
Bring:  lunch, warm and waterproof clothes, hand lens, ID books if you have them.

 

EVENTS PROGRAMME JULY 2016
 
 
SATURDAY JULY 2nd 2016                                              PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs
 
The Flowering Plants of Waste Places, Rubbish Tips, Walls, Pavements and Derelict Building Sites.   

Leader: Richard McMullen

Dealing with difficult Willows
The afternoon session will be concerned with the identification of Salix – a genus whose species form a significant component of our scrub and hedgerow communities.   Problems of identification are related to variation within some of the individual species but are also attributable to the frequency of hybrids.  Please bring along material (pressed or fresh) from the upper parts of the trees or shrubs as the lower sucker growth can be very untypical.  It is good practice to strip off some of the fresh bark to reveal the presence (or absence) of striae beneath as these narrow ridges are often useful in the recognition of hybrids.

Leader: Daniel Kelly

Bring:  Specimens for examination, discussion and identification; hand lens and identification books.


  
SATURDAY 16TH JULY 2016                                     POND DIPPING IN AIRFIELD HOUSE AND FARM
It is great to be returning for the first time to the little Pond in Airfield since the estate reopened after a change to some of its layout.  We hope to see a number of the usual little animals that live in a Fresh Water Pond and will be provided with Pond Nets and containers. After the Pond Dipping there are a number of things to do on the estate - a few examples are the following: a walk around the gardens and farm, a visit to Airfield House or have a fun time in the wonderful Woodland Playground or of course a visit to the cafe.
ALL MEMBERS OF DNFC WELCOME TO ATTEND - CHILDREN AND ADULTS WHO ARE NOT ACCOMPANIED BY CHILDREN.

 
Leader: Niamh Lennon .We will be accompanied by a member of the staff member of Airfield.
 
Bring: Equipment is provided but wear wellie boots and if bringing little ones a change of clothes might be useful.
 
ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. NO DOGS ALLOWED
 
 
SATURDAY 23rd JULY 2016                          CARRIGGOWER BOG, CO WICKLOW
 
Carriggower Bog
This site, between Newtownmountkennedy and Roundwood, is a small remnant of peat bog with some interesting habitats.  It is very wet in some places.   A small lakelet nearby will also be visited, if time permits.
 
Leader: Con Breen 

Bring:  Lunch, identification guides, etc. and suitable clothing and footwear for very wet ground.                                      
 
 
 SATURDAY 30th JULY 2016           DODDER VALLEY, LINEAR PARK, FIRHOUSE

Beetles and Flora of the Dodder Valley Linear Park 
We will search for beetles using a variety of sampling methods, in an area of calcareous grassland which is home to a number of uncommon beetles and orchids.

Leaders: Nessa Darcy and Declan Doogue           
 
Bring:  Beetle ID books, hand lenses, collecting trays. 

 

EVENTS PROGRAMME AUGUST 2016

 

Saturday August 6th 2016                                       PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

 

Morning:       Euphrasia. (exhibit):  David Nash and others

                     Rubus (exhibit):  DNFC members.

 

Afternoon:    Rosa. Declan Doogue. 
                     
Bring copies of the BSBI Handbook “Roses of Great Britain and Ireland” by G.G. Graham and A.L. Primavesi.

Bring:  Specimens for examination, discussion and identification; hand lens and identification books.

 

 

Saturday 20th August 2016                                                TURVEY NATURE RESERVE

Mainly Moths in Turvey

We hope to have Don Hodgers from GMS with us and we will start off with a trap opening and identification session. That will be followed by a walk in the nature reserve paying particular attention to moths and leaf miners.

Leader: Dorothy Lyle.

Directions:   From the M1 heading north take Exit 4. At the double roundabout, follow signs for the R132. Continue along the R132 and go straight through the first roundabout. At the second roundabout, opposite the prominent Great Gas filling station, take the right exit L2136 (R126) to Donabate. After 1 km you will see a large concealed entrance gateway on your left. This entrance leads to the car park.

Bring:  Lunch and identification books.

 

 

Saturday 27th August 2016                    Grand Canal, Sallins, Co. Kildare

Nature along the Grand Canal, Sallins, Co Kildare

An exploration of all things natural along the Grand Canal from Sallins to Leinster aqueduct (perhaps onto Digby bridge). We'll explore hedgerows, reed fringes, canal plants, wildflowers and look and listen for invertebrate and bird life.

Directions:   Sallins train station close by (bout 5 min walk). Car parking along canal where we'll meet or on other side of bridge.

Bring: Walk will be on good tow paths. If you have them please bring, hand lens, any ID books, binoculars and a packed lunch.

EVENTS PROGRAMME SEPTEMBER 2016

Weekend 3rd, 4TH SEPTEMBER  2016                       PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

SATURDAY

Crucifers.with Tim Rich. (bring fresh or dried material on the day).  Bring copies of the BSBI Handbook “Crucifers of Great Britain and Ireland” written by our leader for the weekend Tim Rich.

Sorbus. with Tim Rich and Alexis Fitzgerald (direct material initially to Alexis.)  Tim has also co-authored a magnificent book on “Whitebeams, Rowans and Service Trees of Britain and Ireland” in the BSBI Handbook series. 

Luzula. with Tim Rich and Gerry Sharkey (direct material initially to Gerry).

Sunday

Other difficult plant groups. This will also give is a chance to chat with Tim, discuss botany, work and other aspects of recording as well as the BSBI Plant Crib project.

Bring:  Specimens for examination, discussion and identification; hand lens and identification books.

  Introduction to Crucifers

Irish Luzula

Sorbus Evolution Ireland

Recording Variation

 Saturday 10th SEPTEMBER  2016                           Working Farm, Maynooth

Working Farm

We  will take a broad look at the natural history to be found on a farm.

Leader: Anthony Mooney.     

Bring:   Identification books, hand lens and lunch.

TUESDAY 13th SEPTEMBER 2016                                     DUBLIN ZOO, PHOENIX PARK  

Evening Walk in Dublin Zoo

Leader: Shane Lombard.

Directions:  The entrance gate is directly opposite the Garda HQ. Easiest access to the park for this walk is through the gate at the top of Infirmary Hill. 

Bring:  Plant Identification books, hand lens and snack.

 


SATURDAY 17th SEPTEMBER  2016                Sandymount Strand, Dublin

Wading Birds

To see waders that have returned for the winter. Visit will take approximately 2 hours.

Leader: James Noonan.

Bring:    Waterproof boots and coat. Binoculars or telescope are recommended

 

SATURDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER 2016            Powerscourt Deerpark & Waterfall

Fungi of the Deerpark

The old parkland and woods near Powerscourt waterfall have a wide range of agaric and bracket mushrooms, the precise mushroom speceis to be seen will depend on the previous few days' weather. The event will focus on species identification. As this is an important amenity area, our priority will be the production of a species inventory for the estate.

Leaders:  Maria Cullen and Howard Fox.

Entrance Fee is €6 per adult, €16 per family, and €3.50 per child.

Bring:   Admission fee for waterfall, mushroom book, digital camera. fruit punnets oor wicker basket if taking samples for identification, picnic lunch, wet weather gear and stout footwear.     

 

 

Sunday 25th SEPTEMBER  2016                                PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

Workshop: Identification of Autumn Fungi 

We will be identifying and displaying the material from the Powerscourt Waterfall excursion of the day before. The emphasis will be on the taxonomy of the fungi and some licherns from the site, but edibility will be addressed as well. This is a topic for those at the early stages of interest in fungi.

Leaders: Maria Cullen and Howard Fox.

Bring: Fresh mushroom samples for display, labelling and identification and digital camera. Car park fees are 6 euro for four hours.

 

EVENTS PROGRAMME OCTOBER 2016

 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 1ST 2016                                                                    PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

Morning:      
Rumex
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Bring BSBI Handbook “Docks and Knotweeds of Britain and Ireland” by J.R. Akeroyd – or the earlier version “Docks and Knotweeds of the British Isles” by J.E. Lousley and D.H. Kent.

Eleocharis:  
Bring the most recent edition (3rd,2007) of the BSBI Handbook “Sedges of the British Isles” – which now treats
  Eleocharis and other related genera.  This genus is not included in the earlier editions.

Afternoon:   
Chara:  Bring BSBI Handbook “Charophytes of the British Isles” by J.A. Moore.
 

Mentha:  Bring pressed or fresh material – including apparent garden escapes as some of these are now becoming established in the wild and are now forming self-sustaining colonies on river banks. 

Bring:   Specimens for examination, discussion and identification; hand lens and identification books.

 

Saturday 15th October, 2016.                             Edenderry, Co. Offaly

Bird Ringing in Autumn.

An opportunity to spend a bird ringing session with Declan Manley, Irish Midlands Ringing Group. The birds are caught by mist net. Then he records the weight, measures wing length and examines the plumage of the birds to determine age, sex etc. The birds are then rung and released back to the wild. Depending on conditions that day, but a typical session could expect a variety of finches, tits, dunnock, sparrows, starling, robins and thrushes etc.

Leader: Pat Kearney.

Bring: Warm and waterproof clothes, waterproof footwear, ID books. Binoculars optional as the birds will be observed up close. 

 

 

SATURDAY 22nd OCTOBER 2016                                       PORTMARNOCK, CO. Dublin

Intertidal Ecology and Shell Hunt

This site has a wealth of seaweeds, crustaceans, worms, birds and especially shells. Shells collected will be used for a later identification workshop at the Botanic Gardens.

Leader:  Laila Higgins.

Bring: Suitable clothing and footwear for wet and rocky ground is essential.   Seashore identification books and a box or bucket for shells.     

                       

SATURDAY 29th OCTOBER  2016                                 KILCOOLE, CO. WICKLOW

CANCELLED

Bird Watching

The
outing will consist of a walk southwards along the seashore at Kilcoole, which is known as “The Murrough”. During this time of year there are usually large numbers of waders, ducks, geese, swans and sea birds present.                 

Leader:   Pat Lenihan.

Bring:  Warm waterproof clothes, binoculars and lunch.

 

 

 EVENTS PROGRAMME NOVEMBER 2016

SATURDAY 12th NOVEMBER 2016                   Poolbeg Lighthouse, Ringsend

 

Leader:  Christopher Moriarty

Shelly Banks, South Bull and Great South Wall
We will walk along the Great South Wall to Poolbeg Lighthouse. We are likely to see a variety of wading birds on the sand flats and diving birds in the Liffey, alaso sand dune formation and other aspect of nature in a man-made situation. Distant view of geological features of Dublin and Wicklow Mountains and Howth. About two hours walk in all.

Bring: binoculars.
Note: There is absolutely no shelter here, so we might have to abandon the trip if the weather is very bad.
  

  

Sunday 13th NOVEMBER 2016                                       Cruagh Woods, Co. Dublin

Beginners' Bryophyte walk
This is a plantation with a good range of woodland and upland bryophytes. We will walk through the woodland and look at any bryophytes we find. All are welcome to attend and beginners are especially welcome.

 Leader: Joanne Denyer

 Bring: Bring a hand lens if you have one, but I will have some spare to lend

 

SATURDAY 19th November 2016                       River Dodder, Donnybrook

Salmon Run
Introduction to freshwater fish migration. This will be a walk along the Dodder River, highlighting habitat types within the river that are important to fish and potential barriers that prevent migration, notably weirs. 
 

Leader: Laila Higgins.

Bring: Suitable warm clothing, polaroid sun glasses if you have them. 

 

 

 EVENTS PROGRAMME DECEMBER 2016

 

SATURDAY 3rd DECEMBER 2016                                 PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

Morning: Ferns, Declan Doogue and others. The morning session will be concerned with the identification of the basic species.  Members are encouraged to collect and press fronds of the commoner species around this time as many taxa are currently producing their sori and spores.  These features are very useful aids to identification.

 Aternoon: The afternoon session will deal with more difficult ferns – in particular Polypodium and Polystichum.  Members should bring strong lenses and/or microscopes as well as books of identification.           

Bring: Specimens for examination, discussion and identification; hand lens and identification books.

Report Praeger Meeting December 2016

 

SUNDAY 25th DECEMBER 2016                                                             CHRISTMAS DAY             

President P.J. Walls and the Board of Directors wish all our members a happy and peaceful holiday.

 

AY 26th DECEMBER 2016                                                St. Anne’s Park, RahenyMOND

The Yuletide Stroll
St Anne’s Park, now some 270 acres in area, dating from about 1835 onwards was developed and expanded by Sir Arthur Lee Guinness (Lord Ardilaun) in the latter half of the 19th century, continuing the earlier work first begun by Benjamin and Arthur Lee Guinness.  Now in the ownership of Dublin City Council since the 1930s, it is a fine example of an Irish landscaped estate with many fine trees, a walled garden, the very fine Red Stables and remnants of several “follies” -  the original mansion no longer survives following a disastrous fire in the early 1940s. The Park was one of five Dublin City Council parks to receive a Green Flag award in 2016. 

For further information consult Dublin City Council.ie/St Anne’s where there is also a link.to a paper by Mary Anne Harris of Dublin City Council on the “Follies of St. Anne’s”.

Leader: Con Breen

Bring: Warm clothing and footwear suitable for walking on paths and tracks.  Post-Christmas light refreshments optional!

 

 

 

 

 

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FEDERATION OF IRISH FIELD CLUBS Field Trip to Co Fermanagh and locality, Saturday 31 May to 3rd June  2013

Report and photos March 2nd 2013_Bryophyte Microscope Techniques_Mosses & Liverworts

 

EVENTS PROGRAMME JANUARY 2015     

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SATURDAY 3rd JANUARY 2015                                      PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs
 
Project Meeting: Supplement to J.P.Brunker’s Flora of the County Wicklow  
The late James P. Brunker was a prominent member of the DNFC who made major contributions to our knowledge of the flora of both Dublin and Wicklow.  His fieldwork, often conducted in conjunction with members of our Club, culminated in the production of his Flora of the County Wicklow (1950). The DNFC is currently engaged in the preparation of a Supplement to that work.
 
The morning session will include an examination and explanation of the various literature sources consulted and cited by J. P. Brunker and earlier botanists while working on the flora of County Wicklow.  Some of the original sources will be available for examination and explanation. In addition, there will be a display of recently collected Hieracium specimens from the Wicklow/Kildare area – a genus in which Brunker was particularly interested.
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In the afternoon, there will be a meeting of the Wicklow Flora Supplement Project Group (CB, PH). The agenda will include the following items: progress reports for 2014; a review of the outings held to date with details of interesting species recorded; and plans for recording events in 2015.
 
Leaders:  Declan Doogue.  & Others

Note: Parking charges at the Gardens have been increased.

  Report Praeger Meeting January 2015

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SATURDAY 10th JANUARY 2015                                                            COUNTY LOUTH

Bird Outing to Annagassan Strand, Dunany Point, and Blackrock
This part of the North East Coast host’s gulls, duck, geese and waders in winter. We will visit a number of coastal locations between Annagassan and Dunany Point, as well as a salt marsh at Lurgangreen before ending the day on the coast at Blackrock.
 
Leader: Pat Kearney.

Bring:   Rain gear, binoculars, bird ID books and lunch

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SATURDAY 17th JANUARY 2015                        CABINTEELY PARK, CO. DUBLIN


Trees in Winter
Cabinteely House is an 18th century Demesne House set in parkland of 45 hectares, which is managed by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Council. The Parkland includes extensive areas of trees. We will look at features, which help to identify them, such as tree shape, buds, bark, leaf scars, and seeds.
 
Leader: Katharine Duff.
 
Bring: Hand lens and identification books.

  Cabinteely Park 17 January 2015

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SATURDAY 24th JANUARY 2015                                    CHESTER BEATTY LIBRARY 

  
Guided Tour of the Library
The Library's rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Many of the exhibits feature trees, flowers, birds, and landscapes that will be of particular interest to our members.
 
Booking well in advance is essential, as places are limited to 15 members. Places will be allocated on “a first come first served basis”. A charge of €3 will apply.
 
Contact: Pat Lenihan to reserve a place
 
Leader:   Museum Volunteer Guide.
 
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SATURDAY 31st JANUARY 2015                                                NORTH BULL ISLAND

 
Bird Watching
This is an opportunity to see a wide range of waders, ducks, geese, raptors and some land birds that feed around Bull Island and in the estuarine mud close to the road between Bull Island and St. Anne’s Park, Raheny. The outing will also be used to give participants the chance to improve their wader identification skills.
 
Leader: Sean Hogan.
 
Meet: on the Causeway Road to Bull Island about 200 m from the traffic lights near St. Anne’s Park.
 
Bring: Warm clothes including gloves, binoculars, telescopes, bird books, and lunch. 

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EVENTS PROGRAMME FEBRUARY 2015     

 

SATURDAY 7th FEBRUARY 2015                                  PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs
 
An Introduction to Species Plantarum
Declan will outline the historical background and sources contributing to the development of Species Plantarum by Carl Linnaeus in 1753, as well as giving an appreciation of the recently-published major work of Charlie Jarvis “Order out of Chaos”.
 
Short Presentations and Exhibits
 
A Mayo Horsetale (Gerry Sharkey)
Gerry will bring us up-to-date on his recent researches into the occurrence of Equisetum variegatum, E. hyemale, and their hybrid E. x trachyodon in Co. Mayo.
 
Exhibits
A Hawkweed new to Ireland (Rosaleen Fitzgerald).
Recently published books.
Selected items from the DNFC Library.
 
Note:  Parking charges at the Botanic Gardens have increased.
 

  Report Praeger Centre February 2015

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 SATURDAY 14th FEBRUARY 2015                    LOUGH BOORA DISCOVERY PARK 

Bird Watching
The wetlands and lakes of the Lough Boora Discovery Park can attract a wide range of wintering waders and waterfowl. There will hopefully be opportunities to see Grey Partridge.  We will visit a variety of locations around the Lough Boora area, and do some light walking along some of the trails in the Discovery Park, depending on conditions.
 
Leader: Mark McCorry.
 
Directions:  Leave the M6 at Exit 5, and at the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the N52 (signposted Tullamore). Continue on the N52 past Tullamore (direction Birr), and at Blueball turn right onto the R357 for Cloghan / Shannonbridge. Lough Boora Discovery Park commences within 7 km of Blueball, look out for the sign.
 
Bring: Warm clothes, wet gear, suitable footwear, binoculars, and lunch.

  Report Boora Discovery Park February 2015

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SATURDAY 21st FEBRUARY 2015                                                        GLENDALOUGH

Geology
The outing will explore the Leinster granite outcrop and the associated metamorphosed sedimentary rocks. We will also see evidence of the more recent glacial history and mining activity in the area.  We will walk about 3km along the north side of the glen along a footpath up to the Glenealo Waterfall and back. There is a moderate ascent of approximately 100m up to the waterfall.
 
Leader: Jack Scott.

Meet: in the Upper Lake Car Park, near the buildings.
 
Bring: Hand lens, walking boots, and clothing suitable for prevailing conditions.

  Glendalough February 2015

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 SATURDAY 28th FEBRUARY 2015                                MILL LANE, PALMERSTOWN

Natural History
The outing will consist of a walk exploring the natural history and ecology of the area. Mill Lane leads to the original settlement and industrial centre of Palmerstown, and during our stroll we will examine an old church ruin, an ancient burial ground, and the remnants of the old mills.
 
Leader: Shane Lombard.

Meet:  outside the Ulster Bank, Palmerstown.
 
By car: From the city centre take the Chapelizod Bypass (R148) to Palmerstown. At the traffic lights (at the footbridge) turn right onto Kennelsworth Road Lower ( Palmerstown Lodge will then be to your right and The Furniture Junction to your left). Turn right when you reach the T-junction at the top at of the road at Palmerstown House, a public house. The Ulster Bank is situated on your left, about 50 metres from the junction.
 
Bring: Hand lens, plant identification books, and lunch.

 

EVENTS PROGRAMME MARCH 2015     

 

SATURDAY MARCH 7th 2015                                          PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs
 
An Introduction to Botanical Latin
P. J. Walls and Anita Cannon
 
Identification of Polypodium and Hymenophyllum
Declan Doogue (Polypodium). Pat Lenihan (Hymenophyllum)

Exhibit: An Introduction to Hieracium
Declan Doogue.
 
The introduction to Hieracium will be based mainly on material collected recently in Dublin, Kildare, and on literature relevant to its identification.
 
Bring: Lunch, or have lunch in the Gardens’ restaurant.

Note: Parking charges at the Botanic Gardens have increased.
 

  Report Praeger Centre March 2015

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SUNDAY  15th MARCH 2015                                                                    DUN LAOGHAIRE 
 
Intertidal Ecology
The shoreline is a combination of rocky shore, sandy beach, and harbour. It has a nice selection of seaweeds, molluscs, crustaceans, polychaetes, and birds. If you would rather not clamber through the rock pools, you can take the path alongside.
 
Leader: Laila Higgins.
           
Meet: outside Hartley’s Restaurant, which is beside the main entrance to Dun Laoghaire DART Station i.e. directly opposite the Clock Tower of the Town Hall at the seafront end of Marine Road.                   
 
By bus: Most buses (7, 46A, 59 and 63) stop/finish at the DART station.

By car:  There is a free car park on the seafront at Windsor Terrace (alongside the Old Baths), just a few hundred metres south of the East Pier.

Bring: Seashore and bird identification books, and lunch.

Wear: Warm clothing, and footwear that won't be slippy on wet rocks.
 

  Report Dun Laoghaire March 2015

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SATURDAY 21st MARCH 2015                                                    DODDER VALLEY PARK
 
The River and its Wild Life, and Spring Flora
The River Dodder provides the focus for this park, which extends from Old Bawn Bridge to Rathfarnham. The park consists of over 100 hectares of fragmented parkland and remnant countryside. Starting at the Knocklyon end, we will explore the area and may continue to Old Bawn, if time and weather permit.
 
Leader: Mary Carson.

Meet: in the car park at Cherryfield off the Firhouse road, near the Spawell bridge across the Dodder.
 
Buses: Dublin Bus numbers 49, 65b and 75.
 
Bring: Bring lunch and rubber boots.
 

  Report Dodder Valley Park March 2015

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SATURDAY 28th MARCH 2015                                                    NORTH BULL ISLAND
 
Late Birds and Early Plants
Many of the birds that have spent winter here will have left, or will be starting to leave for their breeding places. However, local plant and invertebrate life in the dunes, and on the shore, will be “waking up” for another season.
 
Leader: Gerry Sharkey.
 
Meet: opposite the entrance to St Anne’s Golf Course at the Island end of the causeway.
 
Bring: Hand-lens, binoculars / telescope, and identification book(s).
 
Note: The meeting’s objectives and duration will be totally weather-dependent. Please check the weather and wear suitable clothes and shoes. 

 

EVENTS PROGRAMME APRIL 2015     


SATURDAY 4th APRIL 2015                                             PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs
 
The Identification of Springtime Urban Flora, and a related Field Trip
This event will provide an introduction to the recognition of urban flora (weeds). The latter are widespread in Ireland and comprise plants, shrubs and trees. Waste ground in built-up areas, derelict building sites, car parks, old walls, pavement cracks, unkempt flowerbeds, and disturbed ground are all rapidly colonized by a characteristic assemblage of opportunistic species. 
Despite being so early in the year, we hope to have a good representative sample of such species to display, identify, and discuss.
 
Members are requested to bring as many species as they can find in these habitats to demonstrate how diverse these habitats can be!
 
Urban Flora
Richard McMullen.
 
Field trip: Urban Flora in the Glasnevin area 
Richard McMullen and Declan Doogue.
 
Bring: Specimens, hand lens, and identification books.

Note: Parking charges at the Botanic Gardens have increased.
 
  Report Praeger Centre April 2015

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SATURDAY 11th APRIL 2015                                                                   WICKLOW HEAD

Wicklow Flora Supplement
We will record the heathland flora of Wicklow Head. Among the plants we expect to see are Scilla verna and Vulpia fasiculata.
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Leader: Catriona Brady.

Meet: in the car park on Dunbur Road, Wicklow Town.       
 
Directions: Take the N11 (M50/N11 Wexford). Leave at Exit 17, which leads into Wicklow town. Follow the coast road R750 via Dunbur Road (with ramps). The car park is on the left before a sharp bend, past the entrance to Wicklow Golf Club.
 
Bring: Hand lens, identification books, and lunch.

Report Wicklow April 2015

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SUNDAY 12th APRIL 2015                                                YOUNG MEMBERS’ OUTING

Scavenger Hunt in Sonairte, The Ninch, Laytown, Co Meath
The Scavenger Hunt will take place in the Walled Organic Garden, the Nature Trail, the Bee Museum, the Information Centre, and along by the River Nanny. Sonairte is a registered charity, and is self-funded, from garden sales, environmental education programmes for school children and adults, a shop, a café, and room hire.

Leader: Niamh Lennon.
Meet: at Main Entrance.Admission:   €7 per child, and per adult who is not accompanied by a child.
 
By car:  On the M1, take Exit 7 for Julianstown/Sonairte and follow the signs. Look out for the brown tourism sign in Julianstown and turn right. You will spot Sonairte from a distance when you see the white wind turbine on the Hilltop. The entrance to Sonairte is on the right just after the turbine.
 
By rail: From Dublin take the Drogheda train from Connolly Station to Laytown. On alighting, turn right under the bridge. Sonairte is approximately a 10-minute walk in the direction of Julianstown.
 
Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, rain gear, and lunch, or eat in the Restaurant.

Note:  All children must be accompanied by an adult and no dogs allowed.

  Report Sonairte April 2015

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SATURDAY 18th APRIL 2015                                           TURVEY NATURE RESERVE

Insects
The Reserve is an excellent location for a wide variety of invertebrates. We will take a walk with a general look at whatever species are around which, depending on the weather, can vary enormously at this time of the year.
 
Leader:  Dorothy Lyle.

Meet:  in the Car Park at Turvey Nature Reserve.
 
Directions: from the M1 heading north take Exit 4. At the double roundabout, follow signs for the R132. Continue along the R132 and go straight through the first roundabout. At the second roundabout, opposite the prominent Great Gas filling station, take the right exit L2136 (R126) to Donabate. After 1 km you will see a large concealed entrance gateway on your left. This entrance leads to the car park.
 
Bring: Warm clothing, identification books, hand lenses and lunch.

  Report Turvey April 2015

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SATURDAY 25th APRIL 2015                                                                               HOWTH

Flora
We hope to see Scilla verna (Spring Squill) and early flowering plants if the season is obliging.
 
Leader:  David Nash.
 
Meet: at the beginning of the cliff path at Shielmartin Road, Sutton, which leads to the Martello Tower.
 
Directions: coming from the Sutton Cross direction, bear right taking the Strand Road passing Sutton Dingy Club.
 
Bring: Bring stout footwear, lenses, plant identification books, and lunch.

  Report Howth April 2015

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EVENTS PROGRAMME MAY 2015     

SATURDAY MAY 2nd 2015                                                PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs
 
Leaders: Declan Doogue & Pat Lenihan                             

Early-flowering Grasses: Declan Doogue.
 
Identification of Hymenophyllum species: Pat Lenihan.

Recent Publications

Moth Traps and Trapping: David Nash & Pat Kearney.
 
DNFC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

  Report on Praeger Meeting May 2015

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SATURDAY 9th MAY 2015                                                CLOGHLEAGH, CO. WICKLOW 

 
Wicklow Flora Supplement: Woodland and Upland River Habitats.
The flora of the mixed woodland at Cloghleagh, together with the banks of the Shankill and Liffey rivers, will be recorded for the DNFC project.  Although featured in the recent ‘Stopping by Woods’ guide to the woodlands of Ireland (D. Magner, 2011), records for Cloghleagh in Flora of the County Wicklow (Brunker, 1950) are limited to Saxifraga stellaris, Veronica polita and Mimulus guttatus. The DNFC outing will generate a comprehensive floral inventory for Cloghleagh.
 
Leader: Margaret Norton.
 
Bring: Walking boots, identification books and hand lens.

Report Cloghleagh May 2015

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SUNDAY 17th MAY 2015                                       KILLINTHOMAS WOOD, Co. KILDARE


Woodland Flora
Killinthomas Wood, just north of Rathangan, is owned and managed by Coillte in cooperation with the local community. It is an old woodland area that was replanted in the post-war years with a mixture of broadleaves and conifers. The forest is now being gradually transformed into a broadleaved woodland dominated by beech, oak, and ash; and is being managed primarily for biodiversity and recreation. Killinthomas is noted for its display of Hyacinthoides and Allium species in the spring.
 
Leader: Charles Shier.

Bring: Outdoor clothing, hiking boots, floras, hand lens, and lunch.

Report Killinthomas May 2015 (Photographs by Pat Lenihan)

  Report Killinthomas May 2015 (Report with background information by Charles Shier)
 
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WEDNESDAY 20th MAY 2015                                          KILCOOLE, CO. WICKLOW

Wicklow Flora Supplement: Identification of Plants
This meeting is mainly aimed at beginners who want to learn the names of common plants and intend to become involved in recording for the Wicklow Flora Supplement.
 
Leader: Sylvia Reynolds.

Bring: Plant identification books and hand lens, as well as any plants collected beforehand which you would like to identify.

Report Kilcoole May 2015

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SUNDAY – WEDNESDAY,  24th –  27th MAY 2015                                           WEXFORD
 
Federation of Irish Field Clubs (FIFC) Meeting

All members are invited to attend the FIFC visit to Wexford, which will commence on the evening of Sunday 24th and continue until lunchtime on Wednesday 27th May. Members may also join the outing for individual days on Monday 25th or Tuesday 26th May. Booking details are included on the front page.  
 

Report FIFC Meetingin Wexford May 2015

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SATURDAY 30th MAY 2015                                  LIFFEY HEAD BOG AND KIPPURE
           
Wicklow Flora Supplement: Blanket Bog and Upland Flora
The primary aim of this outing is to record the flora of the area for the DNFC “Wicklow Project”. On the blanket bog, we will find Andromeda polifolia, as well as Huperzia selago, and maybe catch a glimpse of the elusive Listera cordata. The high elevation at the summit of Kippure allows for the growth of some scarce upland lycopods. 
 
Leader: Alexis FitzGerald.
  
Bring: Walking / Wellington boots, waterproof wear, identification books, hand lens and lunch.

Report Liffey Head/ Kippure Meeting (document pdf) May 2015

Report Liffey Head /Kippure Meeting (photographs) May 2015

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EVENTS PROGRAMME JUNE 2015     

 

SATURDAY 6th JUNE 2015                                              PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs


An Introduction to Yellow Composites

Leaders: Declan Doogue & Sunniva Hanley

We will discuss species such as Leontodon, Scorzoneroides and Hypochaeris.
         
Short Presentations by Club Members.
 
Bring: Specimens for examination, discussion and identification; hand lens and identification books.

Report Praeger meeting (document pdf - Hypochaeris etc (S. Hanniva) - June 2015

Report  Meeting (photographs) (P Lenihan) June 2015

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SATURDAY 13th JUNE 2015                                ASHFIELD ESKER, CO. OFFALY

Esker Flora
We should see plants such as Galium album (mollugo), Erigeron acris and Hieracium cheriense, and orchid species. If time permits we might visit Clara bog.
 
Leader: Fiona Devery.
 
Bring: Bring lunch, suitable clothing, and footwear for rough ground.

Report Ashfield Esker June 2015
 
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SUNDAY 14th JUNE 2015                                                 JUNIOR MEMBERS’ OUTING

Rockpooling at Balscadden, Howth
The Rock pools contain a fascinating array of animals such as Red Beadlet Anemones, Dog Whelks, Top Shells, Chitins, Cushion Stars, Hermit Crabs and some small fish.

Leader:  Catherine Dempsey.

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SUNDAY 21st JUNE 2015                                     SHILLELAGH TOWN & ENVIRONS

Wicklow Flora Supplement
This is an outing to record the flora of the area for the DNFC Wicklow Flora Project, whose objective is to produce a Supplement to Brunker’s Flora of the County Wicklow.
 
Leaders: Pauline Hodson & Rosaleen Fitzgerald.                   
 
Bring: Flora identification books and hand lens.
 
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SATURDAY 27th JUNE 2015                                                        GREYSTONES to BRAY
 

Wicklow Flora Supplement: Coastal Flora
We hope to record the flora adjacent to the coastal path leading from Greystones to Bray, thus providing data for the supplement to Brunker’s Flora of County Wicklow for the DNFC. The path is reasonably tough going, but mostly dry. The journey is about 5 km but whether we complete it depends partly on energy levels, and partly on the weather!  Some may wish to press on to Bray, while others may prefer to return to the Wicklow base.
 
Leader: Richard McMullen.
 
Bring: lunch, suitable clothing, hand lens and identification books.

Report Greystone June 2015

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EVENTS PROGRAMME JULY 2015     

 
SATURDAY JULY 4th 2015                   PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs                                         

Umbellifer Identification
Leader:  Declan Doogue.

Sedge Identification Workshop
Leader:
Con Breen.
 
Bring: Specimens for examination, discussion and identification; hand lens and identification books.

  Report  Praeger Meeting July 2015

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SATURDAY 11th JULY 2015                    HOLDENSTOWN BOG, BALTINGLASS

 

Wicklow Flora Supplement: West Wicklow Wetlands
Holdenstown Bog is a small raised bog surrounded by transition mire, which has developed in a kettle hole. It is notable for Cranberry, bog mosses, and for a range of sedges. We will attempt to find Bog Sedge (Carex limosa) for which there are old records. Time permitting; we will also visit Lowtown Fen north-west of Baltinglass.
 
Leader: Katharine Duff.

Bring: Wet gear, wellies, hand lens, identification books, and lunch.

  Report Holdenstown Bog July 2015

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SUNDAY 19th JULY 2015                                      NEWCASTLE, CO. WICKLOW

Plants and molluscs
We will explore the BirdWatch East Coast Nature Reserve (Blackditch).The rare and legally protected Desmoulin’s Whorl Snail (Vertigo moulinsiana) has been recorded here, though in low numbers. However, we will try hard to find and record this tiny and elusive rarity. In addition, we will make a list of plants and molluscs in the environs.
 
Leader: Maria Long.

Bring: Warm clothes, wellies, identification guides and lunch.
  

  Report Newcastle July 2015

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SATURDAY 25th JULY 2015                                                           ASHFORD, CO. WICKLOW

Wicklow Flora Supplement: Recording in the Carrick area
This will be a general recording outing in the area of Carrick Mountain.

Leader: Catriona Brady.

Bring: Hand lens, identification books, and lunch.

  Report Carrick July 2015

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EVENTS PROGRAMME AUGUST 2015     

SATURDAY AUGUST 1st 2015                                        PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs
 
Moths and moth traps
for beginners
David Nash and others.
 
Bring moths for ID in suitable small containers  and/or photographs; and/or a list of your findings this season. A laptop will be available. The Field Club owns a number of traps and members are encouraged to borrow/share one: DavidNash@butterflyireland.com
 
An Introduction to Potamogeton Species
Margaret Norton.
 
Short Presentations

An Introduction to Euphrasia Species
David Nash.
    

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Report  Praeger Meeting August 2015 
                                                     

Cooks's Paper on Sparganium (Watsonia Vol. 5) 


SATURDAY 8th AUGUST 2015                                                                ARKLOW PONDS
 
Plants and Insects
We will examine plants that have colonised an Industrial Area opposite Arklow Ponds Nature Reserve. In addition, we will look at any larger insects that are flying.

Leader: David Nash.
 
Bring: suitable footwear for use in a brown field industrial area, identification books, hand lens, and lunch.

Report Arklow August 2015

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SATURDAY 15th AUGUST 2015                                                 LUGDUFF MOUNTAIN

Wicklow Flora Supplement: Upland Flora
As well as seeing the usual mountain species, we will try and confirm records of plants mentioned  by J.P. Brunker in his Flora of the County Wicklow. The latter include Beech Fern (Phegopteris connectilis); Brittle Bladder Fern (Cystopteris fragilis); Starry Saxifrage (Saxifraga stellaris); and Fir Clubmoss (Huperzia selago).
 
Leader: Rosaleen Fitzgerald.

Bring: Walking boots, warm clothes, raingear, lunch, and a hot drink.
 
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SATURDAY 22nd AUGUST                       POWERSCOURT WATERFALL ESTATE

Wicklow Flora Supplement: Riparian Woodland Flora
The goal of this outing is to record the area for the Supplement to J.P. Brunker’s Flora of the County Wicklow (1950). Brunker recorded many nice plants at this site, but whether they have survived the onslaught of so many tourists and walkers remains to be seen.
 
Leader: Alexis FitzGerald.

Bring: Walking boots, waterproof wear, identification books, hand lens and lunch.
Warning!: There is a €5.50 entry charge for adults, €5.00 for students. 

Report Powerscourt August 2015

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 SATURDAY 29th AUGUST 2015             TROOPERSTOWN, LARAGH, Co. WICKLOW

Wicklow Flora Supplement: Plant Recording
This is a general recording outing for the Wicklow Flora Supplement.  We will be concentrating on the lower slopes of Trooperstown Hill.
 
Leader:  Catriona Brady.
           
Bring: Bring walking boots, raingear, and lunch.

Report Trooperstown August 2015

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EVENTS PROGRAMME SEPTEMBER 2015     


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5th 2015                               PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

Moths and Moth Traps for Beginners
David Nash and others.
Bring moths for ID in suitable small containers (see note in introduction re care); and/or photographs; and/or a list of your findings this season. A laptop will be available. The Field Club owns a number of traps and members are encouraged to borrow/share one: DavidNash@butterflyireland.com
 
Hypericum Species – Gerry Sharkey.
Eleocharis Species Declan Doogue.
Sorbus Species – Alexis FitzGerald.
R
ecently Published Books

                                               
Bring: BSBI Handbooks: Sedges & Whitebeams.

Report Praeger September 2015
 
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SUNDAY 6th SEPTEMBER 2015                         JUNIOR MEMBERS’ OUTING

Rock Pools Portmarnock
We will explore a rocky shore beside a sandy beach, and will see Anemones, Sea Snails (Dog Whelks, Periwinkles and Limpets), Crabs, and Barnacles. We will also examine the shells and seaweed on the beach to help us name some of the species that live further out in deeper water. There are also some nice fossils in the rocks here.
 
Leader: Laila Higgins.

Bring: Nets and sieves (ones with small holes), containers, and identification books, a magnifying glass, lunch, and a change of clothing.
Wear: Warm clothing and sturdy footwear, or wellies, are essential.
Note: ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED.

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SATURDAY 12th SEPTEMBER 2015                             TINAHELY, Co. WICKLOW
 
Wicklow Flora Supplement
This is an outing to record the flora of the area for the DNFC Wicklow Flora Project. The aim of the project is to produce a Supplement to Brunker’s Flora of the County Wicklow. We will walk part of the Tinahely Railway Walk to record the flora of the area.
 
Leader: Pauline Hodson.

Bring: Flora identification books and hand lens.
 
 
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SATURDAY 19th SEPTEMBER 2015                                         HOLLYWOOD GLEN
 
Wicklow Flora Supplement: Identification of Plants

The purpose of the outing is to explore, learn, and record the flora of Hollywood Glen, a sub glacial melt water channel through which water from the glacial lake at Blessington emptied during the Quaternary era.
 
Leader: Margaret Norton.
 
Bring: Walking boots, identification books and hand lens.
 
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SATURDAY 26th SEPTEMBER               CRUAGH WOODS, DUBLIN MOUNTAINS

     
Bryophyte Walk
This plantation has a good range of woodland and upland bryophytes. We will walk through the woodland and look at any bryophytes we find. All are welcome to attend, and beginners are especially welcome.
 
Leader: Joanne Denyer.
  
Bring:  A hand lens if you have one, but there will be some available to borrow.
 
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EVENTS PROGRAMME OCTOBER 2015 

 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 3rd 2015                                                PRAEGER CENTRE, NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS

Moths and Moth Traps for Beginners
David Nash and others.

Juncus Species -  Declan Doogue.

Short Presentations

Sparganium:  David Nash
                                               
Recently Published Books

Report Praeger October 2015
 
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SATURDAY 10th OCTOBER 2015                                                          PORTMARNOCK

Intertidal Ecology
This will be a beach-combing trip, on a rocky shore beside a sandy beach, because the outgoing tide only goes out one metre. However, we will see crustaceans, molluscs, anemones, birds, as well as plenty of seaweed and shells. The rocks also contain some nice fossils very high up on the shore.
 
Leader: Laila Higgins.
 
Bring: Seashore and bird identification books, lunch, bag for shells.
Wear: Warm clothing. Water resistant footwear/wellies are essential.
  
Report Portmarnock 10 October 2015

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SUNDAY 18th OCTOBER 2015                DONADEA FOREST PARK, CO. KILDARE

Woodland Flora
We will take an early autumn stroll through Donadea Forest Park. Donadea is an old demesne that is now managed by Coillte for both productive timber and amenity purposes. The woodlands feature a mixture of broadleaved and coniferous species, although the proportion of conifers is gradually being reduced to give a more mixed-species forest. Additional features include: the ruin of Donadea House, a small lake, the icehouse, a 9/11 memorial and a small café.
 
Leader: Charles Shier.

Bring: Outdoor clothing, hiking boots, floras, hand lens, lunch.

Please note that there is an entry charge of €5 per car for Donadea Forest Park. The automatic barrier at the entrance will take €2 and €1 coins.

Report Donadea 18 October 2015

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SATURDAY 24th OCTOBER 2015                      BETTYSTOWN BEACH, CO. MEATH
 
Marine Life on the Beach
We will walk along the Beach in Bettystown as far as Mornington and will examine Seashells, Seamats, Whelk Egg Cases, Seaweeds, Coiled Tube Worms, Keel Worms, and Crabs. We will return to Bettystown through the sand hills and inspect the flora on the way.
 
Leader: Niamh Lennon.
  
Bring: Seashore identification book, hand lens, and weather-proof clothes.

Report Bettystown 24 October 2015
 
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SATURDAY 31st OCTOBER 2015                                                          BUSHY PARK
 
Bird Watching
We will explore the riverbank, pond, and woodland. The species we hope to see include Grey Wagtails, Kingfishers, Treecreepers, Little Grebes and Coots.
 
Leader: James Noonan.
 
Bring:  Warm waterproof clothes, identification books, and binoculars.

Report Bushy Park 31 October 2015

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EVENTS PROGRAMME NOVEMBER 2015 

 

SATURDAY 7th NOVEMBER 2015                     NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS


Members’ Day
Members, whose 2015 subscription has been paid, should have received details and an invitation to the event with this programme.
Members are invited to bring exhibits on the day.
 
  Report Members Day November 2015


 
SATURDAY 14th NOVEMBER 2015                               CLOGHERHEAD, CO. LOUTH


Bird Watching
In winter, this part of the North East Coast is home to many species of sea and shore birds. During the day we hope to see a wide variety of waders, ducks, geese and gulls.

Leader: Pat Kearney
 
Bring: Identification books, binoculars, scopes, warm clothing, and lunch.
 
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SATURDAY 21st NOVEMBER 2015                                                       DUN LAOGHAIRE

 
Seashore Walk
We will walk along the shoreline and look at seaweeds, shells, and sea birds.
 
Leader: Laila Higgins.
 
Bring:  Appropriate waterproof footwear; dress for cold, windy weather.

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SATURDAY 28th NOVEMBER 2015                               BALBRIGGAN, Co. DUBLIN
 
Geology
We will look at the Ordovician volcanic rocks, 450 million years old, exposed on the beach at Balbriggan, and then drive 12 km south to see the spectacularly folded limestones of the Lower Carboniferous age (340 million years old) exposed on the shore at Loughshinney Bay.
 
Leader: Jack Scott.
 
Bring: Lunch, suitable clothing, and footwear for walking on wet rocks.

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EVENTS PROGRAMME DECEMBER 2015 


 
 
SUNDAY 6th DECEMBER 2015                                       PRAEGER CENTRE, NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS
 
Workshop: Moths and Other Invertebrates
This workshop will be dedicated to the identification and recording of moths, and the recognition and identification of common garden invertebrates. Members are invited to bring specimens for identification, and/or photographs; and/or a list of the species recorded this season.
 
Identifying Moths.
Don Hodgers.
                                               
 
Garden Invertebrates.
Declan Doogue & Dorothy Lyle.
 
Bring: Specimens, hand lens, and identification books.

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SATURDAY 12th DECEMBER 2015                               KILCOOLE, CO. WICKLOW


Bird Watching
The outing will consist of a walk southwards along the seashore at Kilcoole, which is known as “The Murrough”. During this time of year there are usually large numbers of waders, ducks, geese, swans and sea birds present.                 
 
Leader: Pat Lenihan.
 
Bring: Warm waterproof clothes, binoculars and lunch.
 
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SATURDAY 19th DECEMBER 2015                                           NORTH BULL ISLAND

Bird Watching
All species of wintering waders and wildfowl will be at their peak numbers, and the rising tide should ensure that we have good views. With luck we might see the resident Merlin, Peregrine and Kestrel. The outing will also be used to give participants the chance to improve their wader identification skills.
 
Leader: Sean Hogan.

Bring:  Warm clothes and gloves, binoculars, telescopes, and bird books.

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FRIDAY 25th DECEMBER 2015                                                                                   CHRISTMAS DAY
 
President Charles Shier and the Board of Directors wish all our members a happy and peaceful holiday.
 
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SATURDAY 26th DECEMBER 2015                                           MARLAY PARK, DUBLIN

The President’s Yuletide Stroll
Marlay Park is a 247-acre demesne, which lies at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. It has a restored Georgian house with a courtyard and walled gardens, extensive woodland areas, and a number of large ponds fed by the Little Dargle River. We will take a leisurely stroll through the park and examine the trees in their winter attire.

Leader: Charles Shier.

Bring: Woolly hats, scarves and gloves, and suitable footwear.

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EVENTS PROGRAMME MAY 2014   

 

SATURDAY 3rd MAY 2014                         THE PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

An Introduction to the Identification of Ferns and Fern Allies

The morning session, led by Declan, will deal with the identification of ferns and Horsetails. The afternoon session will consist of a demonstration by Pat relating to the Clubmosses (Lycopodiaceae) and an additional presentation relating to upland ferns.

Ferns and Horsetails.

Lunch.

Clubmosses and Upland Ferns.

Meet:  at the Praeger Centre in the National Botanic Gardens.

Leaders: Declan Doogue and Pat Lenihan.

Bring:  Specimens for examination and demonstration, identification books, hand lens, and a ruler with a millimetre scale.

.Report 3 May 2014     Lycophytes

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SATURDAY 10th MAY                   KNOCKSINK WOODLANDS, ENNISKERRY

Nature Walk

The outing will consist of a walk during which we will explore the flora and fauna of these woodlands, which contain a diverse variety of invertebrates, birds, mammals, trees, and flowers. The geological and human history of the site will also be discussed

Leader:  Richard Kenny.

Meet:  at the Educational Centre, Knocksink Woodlands.

By Car:  From the N11 southbound take Exit 7 (Bray South, Enniskerry) and follow the signs to Enniskerry. In the village keep straight past the Clock Tower on your left and at the first crossroads turn right into Church Hill.

After crossing the bridge, the entrance to the woods is on the left.

If the entrance barrier to the woods is open, parking is available at the end of the avenue near the Educational Centre.  If not, park at the entrance to the woods, or in the Bogmeadow car park next to the Powerscourt Arms hotel in Enniskerry village. 

 By Bus: Dublin Bus Route 44 from the city stops near the entrance to the wood. Route 185 from Bray DART station stops in Enniskerry, a 20-minute walk to the meeting place.

Bring:  Lunch, identification books, and hand lens.

.Report 10 May 2014

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SATURDAY 17th MAY 2014     GRANTSTOWN LAKE & COOLACURRAGH WOOD NATURE RESERVES, CO LAOIS                                                

Woodland Flora

Grantstown Wood and Lake and Coolacurragh Wood are two small mixed woodlands developed on fen peat and are good examples of midlands woodland habitat and flora developed on base-rich substrate. Grantstown Lake is managed as a fishery and has some marginal fen development. Both woodlands have recently been managed by NPWS through the Native Woodland Scheme and exotic conifers and other species have been removed. We will explore the woodland and fen flora and look at the re-development of woodland sections that have been managed for conservation in the past few years.

Leaders: Mark McCorry and Fiona MacGowan.

Meet:  at the entrance to Grantstown Lake.    

Directions:    Both sites are easily located by travelling from Dublin via the tolled M8 motorway and taking Exit 3 (Approximately 1 hour 10 minutes travel time from the M50). After exiting the motorway take the R433 west towards Rathdowney. The entrance to Grantstown Lake is on the right, 400m from the motorway exit. Look for the Bord na Móna van.

Bring:  Lunch, boots suitable for wet tracks, waterproofs and any suitable guide.

.Report 17 May 2014

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SUNDAY 25th MAY 2014                                        RUSSELSTOWN, CO.  WICKLOW

Woodland and Shoreline Flora of the Blessington Lakes Area

Blessington Lakes were formed in 1940 with the flooding of the valley following the construction of the Poulaphouca Dam. The meandering shoreline of the resulting lakes stretches for a distance of about 80 km. We shall explore the flora of a short section of this shoreline starting at Russelstown.

Leader:  Margaret Norton.

Meet:  in the car park at Russelstown (Grid Reference N9610).

Directions:   Take the N81 from Dublin to approximately 4 km south of Blessington. The entrance to Russelstown is on the N81 opposite the turn to Russborough House.

Bring:  Plant identification books, hand lens, lunch and walking boots or wellies.

.Report 25 May 2014

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SATURDAY 31st MAY 2014                                   SEAN MOORE PARK, IRISHTOWN

Natural History

This will be a general outing looking at plants and insects in Irishtown Park and along Pigeon House Road. The park was a sea fill site in the 1960s and 1970s, which was designated as a ‘Nature Park’ by Dublin Corporation and planted with many exotic and alien species for the European Year of the Environment. Some of the latter have survived; others probably arrived as port aliens, or throwaways/escapees from gardens.

Leader:  David Nash.

Meet:  in corner of Sean Moore Park (0189 331) on Beach Road, Sandymount opposite Marine Drive.

Bring:  Identification keys, hand lens, and lunch.

.Report 31 May 2014

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EVENTS PROGRAMME JUNE 2014     

 

SATURDAY 7th JUNE 2014                                              PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

An Introduction to the Identification of Grasses

By now, grasses should be in full bloom.   Species that look superficially similar will be seen on closer inspection to be very different, so make sure to bring along your hand lenses.  If you are bringing specimens please keep them in separate plastic bags as their flowers can shrivel up very quickly and become difficult to examine.

Leaders: Declan Doogue and David Nash.

Morning Session.

Lunch.

Afternoon Session.

Meet: at the Praeger Centre National Botanic Gardens.

Bring: Specimens for examination and demonstration, hand lens, and a ruler with a millimetre scale and identification books. Please note that the usual work of reference is Grasses of the British Isles by Tom Cope and Alan Gray – a BSBI publication.

.Report 7 June 2014

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SUNDAY 8th JUNE 2014                                                                            BULL ISLAND

Butterflies

We will visit the Alder Marsh with the objective of seeing the Marsh Fritillary, as well as a number of other butterfly species such as Common Blue and Small Heath on the adjoining dunes. The Marsh Fritillary is of particular interest as it was discovered by Frank Smyth on the Island in 2011, not having been recorded in the Dublin area for several decades. Adults have appeared in hundreds on the Bull Island in the past two years and if the weather is fine we may be lucky to see egg laying.

Leaders: Frank Smyth and Bob Aldwell.

Bring:  Identification books, hand lens and lunch.

.Report 8 June 2014

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SATURDAY 14th JUNE 2014                                            DERRYADD, CO. OFFALY

Lakeside Flora

The Derryadd area consists of a series of small lakes set on the edge of bogland. We will see interesting hedgerows, orchids and sedges, which characterize this habitat. 

Leader:  Fiona Devery.

Meet: at the Birr Theatre, Oxmantown Mall, Birr.

Directions:   Approaching Birr on the N52 from Tullamore continue straight on past the traffic lights and take the second right (the first is one way), which is immediately past the Church of Ireland, into Oxmantown Mall. The Theatre is on the left behind the trees, and there is a coffee shop across the road.

Bring:  Wellies, hand lens, and lunch.

.Report 14 June 2014

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SATURDAY 21st JUNE 2014                                VARTRY RESERVOIR, CO. WICKLOW 

 Flora

This is an area of scenic beauty with a diverse range of plants and habitats. We will look at plants along the shoreline and its fringes. Of particular interest on the day will be an area of Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur) and Downy Birch (Betula pubescens) woodland with an under story of Elder (Sambucus nigra).

Leader:  Catriona Brady.

Meet: in Roundwood village outside the Roundwood Inn. The outing will finish at 1.00 pm. However, in the afternoon, there are plenty of places around the reservoir for members to walk and explore.

Bring: Lunch, Identification books and hand lens.

.Report 21 June 2014

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SUNDAY 22nd JUNE 2014                         JUNIOR MEMBERS’ OUTING, SANDYCOVE

Rockpools

Last year on our visit here, we found Pipefish, Shore Crabs, Hermit Crabs, Red Beadlet Anemones, Top Shells, Dog Whelks, and other typical rockpool creatures.

This outing is especially for younger members accompanied by an adult, but adults not accompanied by a child are also very welcome.

Leaders: Niamh Lennon and Jennifer Ball.

Meet: at the James Joyce Tower in Sandycove which is close to the 40 foot bathing place. The outing will finish at 3.00 pm.

By Dart: Alight at Sandycove/Glasthule station. Cross the road when you come out of the station. Turn right and then left down Islington Avenue to the coast, then go right until you get to the James Joyce (Martello) Tower.

Wear: Wellies or old runners that won't be slippy on wet rocks, warm waterproof clothing.

Bring:  A white plastic box, a fishing net or sieve, and an identification book.

Note: AN ADULT MUST ACCOMPANY ALL CHILDREN AND DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED.

.Report 22 June 2014

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SUNDAY 29th JUNE – WEDNESDAY 2nd JULY                        BELMULLET CO. MAYO 

Long Field Trip to North Mayo in conjunction with the BNFC

We will be joining the Belfast Naturalists’ Field Club (BNFC), the organizers of this event, which will be based in Belmullet. 

DNFC members will be required to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Sunday 29th June. There will be an informal get-together, and an opportunity for participants to socialize.

Monday 30th, Tuesday 1st, and Wednesday 2nd June. A varied and interesting programme is being planned which will include archaeology, botany, geology and Zoology. 

Details, when finalized, will be posted on the DNFC website (www.dnfc.net) for members only.

Belmullet Programme 

.Report 30 June  to 1 July 2014

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EVENTS PROGRAMME JULY 2014     

 

SATURDAY 5th JULY 2014                                               PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

An Introduction to the Identification of Sedges and Rushes 

Con Breen, one of Ireland’s Carex experts, will lead the morning session. Although some species/groups of sedges are difficult to identify, most species are straightforward.  A collection of fresh material and a number of interesting preserved specimens of some recently discovered hybrids will be on view.  

In contrast, the identification of some rushes is problematical due to the incidence of hybridization within the genus Juncus.  You are welcome to bring along freshly collected material and match it with the named specimens we will have on display.

Sedges (Carex species).

Lunch.

Rushes (Juncus species).

Leaders: Con Breen and Declan Doogue

Meet:  at the Praeger Centre National Botanic Gardens.

Bring: Hand lens, a ruler with a millimetre scale, and identification books. 

For sedges the most recent edition (2007) of Sedges of the British Isles by A. C. Jeremy and others – a BSBI publication is recommended. It has excellent introductory chapters and also addresses the identification of all the British and Irish members of the Cyperaceae.

.Report 5 July 2014

SATURDAY 12th JULY 2014                                                         TIMAHOE NORTH BOG

Bogland Ecology

Timahoe Bog lies to the north of Allenwood and east of Carbury. It was developed by Bord na Móna in the 1940s for the mechanised production of sod turf. Production ceased in the early 1990s, and the northern section of the bog has been left to recolonise naturally since that time. 

We will be visiting an area of uncut raised bog, which includes both Sphagnum and non-Sphagnum mosses, and we will also examine the peat profile. Other habitats include: birch/willow scrub and Calluna heaths that have developed on the acidic spread grounds, and the former railway bed made with peat ash and imported calcareous materials. There may also be an opportunity to see the Small Skipper Butterfly.

Leaders:  Charles Shier and Katharine Duff.

Meet:  in the car park at the Community Centre in Derrinturn – a cream coloured building at the south end of the village, just inside the 50 km/h. limit.          

Directions:   From Dublin take the N4/M4, exit the motorway at Enfield and take the R402 to Carbury and then the R403 to Derrinturn; OR take the N7, exit at Naas and take the R407 to Sallins and Clane, and then the R403 through Prosperous and Allenwood to Derrinturn.

 Bring:  Outdoor clothing, hiking or rubber boots, lunch, floras and a hand lens.

 .Report 12 July 2014 pdf        Report 12 July Word Document             Photographs 12 July

 

SATURDAY 19th JULY 2014                     MUSEUM BUILDING, TRINITY COLLEGE

Geology

We’ll aim to become familiar with the main minerals that comprise the most common rocks by using some of the teaching resources of Trinity College. The Geology Museum on the top floor of the Museum Building holds a wealth of specimen that showcase important geological features, and the teaching labs will enable us to look in detail at some of the properties of minerals that geologists use to recognise them in the field.

Leader:  Kieran Craven.

Meet:  at the main entrance of the Geology Museum Building, TCD. 

Directions Enter by the main door of TCD and walk towards the playing fields. The Museum/Geology Building is on the right just before the entrance gate to the playing fields.

 

SATURDAY 26th JULY 2014           NEWCASTLE, CO. WICKLOW  

Coastal Flora

The outing will consist of a walk along the shingle beach to examine and discuss some of the plants that are typically found in this habitat. We will see two species that have not been seen regularly on our littoral outings in North County Dublin, namely Sea Holly (Eryngium maritimum) and Horned Poppy (Glaucium flavum). We may also find some Sea Kale (Crambe maritima) that has been transplanted on this stretch of beach.

Leader:  Pat Lenihan.

Meet:  at the level crossing on the coast at Newcastle.  

By Car:  From Dublin leave the N11 at Exit 11 (Greystones/Kilcoole), which is south of the Glen of the Downs. Follow the signs to Kilcoole and continue through the village to Newcastle. There, past the Castle Inn (on the right), cross the bridge and take the first left (Sea Road). Continue down this road to the coast where there is parking available in front of the level crossing.

By Bus:  Newcastle can also be reached by Dublin Bus, Route 84/a, which departs from Blackrock. Check departure and arrival times. The meeting place is a 25-minute walk from the village.       .

Bring:  Lunch, hand lens and plant identification books.

   Plant List (Newcastle)           Photographs 26 July (Newcastle)

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EVENTS PROGRAMME august 2014     

 

SATURDAY 2nd and SUNDAY 3rd AUGUST 2014                                           PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

Willowherbs and Docks
The DNFC has invited Geoffrey Kitchener to conduct these Praeger Sessions. Geoffrey is the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) referee for Epilobium and Rumex. He has contributed significantly to the account of Epilobium in the standard work Flora of Great Britain and Ireland by Peter Sell and Gina Murrell.
 
To benefit from these sessions members should familiarise themselves with the basic species of Epilobium and Rumex. Through July the species will be in full flower and fruit.  As the season advances the hybrids become more evident. In Epilobium, look out for excessively branched specimens, often with highly contrasting pink and deep pink colouration on the petals. In Rumex, watch for material that appears to be shedding its fruits prematurely. Declan (doogueflora@gmail.com) will provide advice, if required.
 
Saturday: Epilobium
The identification of Willowherbs and their hybrids. The event will be followed by some short field trips in the afternoon to nearby sites in the Glasnevin area.
 
Sunday: Rumex
The identification of Docks and their hybrids.  A substantial portion of the afternoon will be spent in the examination of material provided by members.
 
Leader: Geoffrey Kitchener

Bring: Members are asked to provide potential hybrids of the appropriate  genus. 
 
 .Report Praeger Meeting August 2014


 
SATURDAY 9th AUGUST 2014                                                    NORTH BULL ISLAND


Flora
The Autumn Gentian, Gentianella amarella, is one of the designated species for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland's survey in 2014 and 2015. We plan to check the identity of the species present, count/estimate the number of spikes and do some relevees to quantify the associated species.
 
We will also look for the tiny orchid Autumn Lady's-tresses, Spiranthes spiralis, as well as checking for the fern Ophioglossum vulgare. Webs of the Marsh Fritillary butterfly may be visible.
 
Leader: David Nash.                                                             

Bring: Plant identification books, hand lens, and lunch.

.Report 9 August 2014


SUNDAY 17th AUGUST 2014                                           IRELAND’S EYE, HOWTH


Flora and Ecology
The primary purpose of this visit is to record the flora of Ireland’s Eye, and to search for a number of species noted by earlier workers but not seen recently.  In the course of our recording we will also examine the flora of various habitat-types including sand dunes, shingle shores, rocky outcrops, and maritime grassland.
 
If the weather is not suitable for a trip to the island, we will have alternative land-based events on the Howth mainland. These trips will be decided on the day and will be influenced by the prevailing weather conditions.
 
Leaders: Declan Doogue and Tom Miniter.
 
Note: There is a 15-euro charge for the round trip. 
 
Bring: Plant identification books, hand lens, and lunch.
 
 .Report Ireland's Eye Meeting August 2014
 
SATURDAY 23rd AUGUST 2014                                     LOUGH OULER, CO. WICKLOW  

                                             
Upland Flora
This will be a bit more taxing than previous walks, but it will be lead at an easy pace. There a few very nice plants recorded from Lough Ouler and the cliffs above the lake. We will be attempting to confirm, once again, the presence of the following plants that Brunker recorded for this area in his Flora of County Wicklow:
Saxifraga stellaris (Starry Saxifrage); Saussurea alpina (Alpine Saw-wort); Campanula rotundifolia (Harebell); Vaccinium vitis-idaea (Cowberry); Melampyrum pratense (Common Cow-wheat); Scutellaria minor (Lesser Scull-cap); Listera cordata (Lesser Twayblade); Cystopteris fragilis (Brittle Bladder Fern); Lycopodium selago (Fir Clubmoss); and Isoetes lacustris (Quillwort).
 
Leader: Rosaleen Fitzgerald.
 
Bring: Strong shoes/hiking boots, warm clothes, raingear, lunch, and a hot drink.

 .Report Tonelagee & Lough Ouler August 2014


SATURDAY 23rd AUGUST 2014                         JUNIOR MEMBERS’ OUTING, HOWTH


Rock pools at Balscadden
The Rock pools contain a fascinating array of animals such as Red Beadlet Anemones, Dog Whelks, Top Shells, Chitins, Cushion Stars, Hermit Crabs and some small fish. This outing is especially for younger members accompanied by an adult, but adults not accompanied by a child are also very welcome.
 
Leaders: Niamh Lennon and Jennifer Ball.                       
 
By Dart:To Howth Station and walk (1km) along the seafront to the meeting point.
Wear:   Footwear that won't be slippy on wet rocks, and a change of clothes.
Bring:   Nets / sieves (ones with small holes), containers, and identification books.
Note:   AN ADULT MUST ACCOMPANY ALL CHILDREN AND DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED.

 .Report on Rockpool Outing August 2014 

SATURDAY 30th AUGUST 2014                                                             TURLOUGH HILL

 
Upland Flora
We will examine broken rocky ground with small outcrops and hope to see mountain plants such as Dwarf Willow (Salix herbacea), Cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), Lesser Twayblade (Listera cordata); as well as Fir Clubmoss (Huperzia selago), Stag’s-horn Clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum), and Alpine Clubmoss (Diphasiastrum alpinum).
 
Leader: Con Breen.

 Directions:    Take the N11 south to Kilmacanogue, and from there the R755 towards Glendalough. At Laragh (25km) continue on the main road (now the R756). After 2 km, just before Glendalough, go right at the fork signposted Blessington/Wicklow Gap. At the Wicklow Gap, which is 7 km distant at the top of the valley, there are two small parking areas. Park at the second one on the left off the main road just past the first car park.
 
Bring: Warm clothes, boots, waterproof rain wear (including leggings), hand lenses and lunch.
 
Warning:  There will be a steep climb (30 minutes) on a tarmac road, followed by a traverse over rough, wet ground to Lough Firrib and back. The total distance will be approximately 5 miles. If the weather on the day is unsuitable, an alternative location in the area will be visited.

 .Report Turlough Hill August 2014 

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EVENTS PROGRAMME SEPTEMBER 2014     


SATURDAY 6th SEPTEMBER 2014                               PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs
 
Autumn Fruits (morning). Recording the Flora of Co. Wicklow (afternoon)
The morning session will concentrate on many of the hedge-forming tree and shrub species that can cause some difficulty in identification.  Many of these will be fruiting at this stage and members are invited to bring along material – especially from critical groups such as Rosa.  However, we will also examine other material of Betula, Quercus and Salix, as well as other more familiar taxa. There will be a display of pressed Rubus specimens and some relevant literature. There are excellent handbooks produced by the BSBI on Rosa and Salix for those who wish to study these groups in greater detail.
 
The afternoon session will be a business meeting to present an update on initial progress on the Flora of Co. Wicklow Project.  The leaders are the joint BSBI recorders for Co. Wicklow and are developing a supplement to the original Flora of the County Wicklow (1951) by our late member J.P.Brunker. This meeting should be of particular interest to newer members who would like to be involved in this important recording project.
 
Leader:  Declan Doogue (morning).
 
Bring: Specimens, hand lens, and identification books.

.Report Praeger Centre September 2014 

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SATURDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 2014                                                        AVOCA, CO. WICKLOW

Leaders: Catriona Brady and Pauline Hodson

Flora
This is an area of deciduous, acidic woodland overlooking Avoca village. It includes wet areas with Willow (Salix) species and Common Alder (Alnus glutinosa). We will record the flora of the area and will walk part of the Kilmagig and Avoca Red Kite Trails.

Directions:   From Dublin take Exit 20 off the M11 (Arklow North). Then take the 1st turn right (approx 1km.) for Avoca. It is 7 km to Avoca.

Bring: Identification books and hand lens.

 .Report Avoca September 2014 

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SUNDAY 21st  SEPTEMBER 2014         MOORE ABBEY WOOD, CO. KILDARE
 
Woodland Flora
Moore Abbey Wood, just outside Monasterevin, is owned and managed by Coillte. Originally planted in the1960s with a mixture of broadleaves and conifers, the forest is gradually being transformed to broadleaved woodland dominated by beech and ash, which is being managed primarily for biodiversity and recreation. We will take an early-autumn walk to examine the woodland flora.
 
Leader: Mark McCorry

Directions:   From Dublin take the N7/M7, exit the motorway at Junction 14 and take the R445 towards Monasterevin. At the edge of town turn left onto the R417 to Athy. The second entrance to the wood is on the right after 1.8 kilometres, at the end of the demesne wall.
 
Bring: Outdoors clothing, hiking boots, floras, hand lens, and lunch.
 

.Report Moore Park, Monasterevin September 2014 

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SUNDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 2014                                   MASSY’S WOOD, CO. DUBLIN  
 
Forest Bryophytes
Massy's Wood is a mature experimental plantation of North American, Asian, European and Irish trees. We will be investigating the mosses and liverworts of the forest and riverside. The northeastern aspect of the site and the presence of a stream create the cool, humid conditions beloved of bryophytes.

Leader: George Smith.

Meet: at the Hellfire Club car park (grid ref O120238, Discovery Series map 50), on the R115 road from Ballyboden to Kilakee 
 
Directions: http://www.dublinmountains.ie/recreation_sites/massys_estate/
 
Bring: Hand lens, identification books, suitable footwear and clothing, and lunch.

.Report Massy's Wood September 2014 

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EVENTS PROGRAMME OCTOBER 2014     

 
SATURDAY 4th OCTOBER 2014                                                THE PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs


Ferns in Autumn
Following on from our meeting earlier this year, we will re-visit basic fern identification but will also examine a number of difficult pairs such as Dryopteris affinis / D. filix-mas and Polystichum setiferum / P. aculeatum; as well as a number of potential hybrids. By October most ferns will have released their spores and the disposition of the sori gives useful clues as to the identification of the different species. 
 
Leader: Declan Doogue.
 
Bring: Well-grown specimens for identification. These press well from August onwards.
 

.Report Praeger Centre October 2014 

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MONDAY 6th OCTOBER 2014                             NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS 

        
Irish Orchids, Past, Present — Future?
Declan Doogue is giving this lecture on behalf of the Irish Orchid Society and  members of the DNFC are invited to attend.
 
Time and Location:  8.00 pm. National Botanic Gardens (NBGs), Glasnevin.        
See the NBGs’ website for further details: www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm
 
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SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER 2014                                                          DJOUCE WOODS   

                             
Woodland Walk
The woods are part of the old Powerscourt Estate and are mainly coniferous. Deer and squirrels are sometimes seen, and there is at least one badger sett. We should expect to see a wide variety of mosses and fungi.
 
Leader: Mary Carson.

Meet:  at the Monument in Enniskerry.
 
By Bus:  No 44 leaving LARKHILL (via Drumcondra, O'Connell St., Merrion Sq., Ranelagh, Dundrum and Stepaside).    
 
Bring:  Field guides, stout shoes, clothes suitable for the weather, and lunch.

.Report Djouce Woods  October 2014 

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SATURDAY 18th OCTOBER 2014                                              NORTH BULL ISLAND

                                                               
Bird Watching
The Bull Island is a mudflat and salt marsh habitat where we will have the opportunity to observe thousands of waders and wildfowl.
 
Leader: Kevin Dooney.
   
Bring: Telescopes, binoculars, field guides, and lunch.

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SATURDAY 25th OCTOBER 2014                                              WATERSTOWN PARK   

                                                            
Riverside Walk
The Park lies within the area covered by the Liffey Valley Special Amenity Area Order and is the most valuable park in South Dublin County in terms of its ecological diversity. The outing will consist of a walk along the banks of the Liffey where we will explore the natural history of the area.
 
Leader: Shane Lombard.
 
By Car:  From the city centre take the Chapelizod Bypass (R148) to Palmerstown. At the traffic lights (at the footbridge) turn right onto Kennelsworth Road Lower (Palmerstown Lodge will then be to your right and The Furniture Junction to your left). At the top of the road turn left onto the Old Lucan Road. Drive past Palmerstown House on your right. Take the 1st right onto Waterstown Avenue. Take a right into Stewarts Recreation Centre. Then take a left into the car park at Waterstown.
 
Bring: Hand lens, plant identification books, and lunch.

   Report Waterstown Park October 2014  

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EVENTS PROGRAMME NOVEMBER  2014     

 

SATURDAY 1st NOVEMBER 2014                     NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS

 

MEMBERS' DAY

Members, whose 2014 subscription has been paid, should have received details and an invitation to the event with this programme.

  Report Members' Day 1 November 2014

 

SATURDAY 8th NOVEMBER 2014                                                         LOUGH DAN

 

Lacustrine and Woodland Flora

The southern shores of the lake are covered with a large area of pristine, acidic, deciduous woodland, where Scutellaria galericulata and various species of fern can be found. There is an area of marshland on the lakeshore with plants such as Carex rostrata, Salix species, Littorella uniflora and Ranunculus flammula.

Leader:  Alexis FitzGerald.

Directions:  On the N11 at Kilmacanogue take EXIT 8 (Roundwood / Glendalough). In Roundwood Village, at the Roundwood Inn, there is a sign on your right for Lough Dan. Follow this road until you reach another sign for Lough Dan to the left. After crossing the Old Bridge, over the Avonmore River, turn right, and follow the road to the Scout Centre which is on your right

Bring:  Walking boots, identification books, hand lens, and lunch. 

  Report Lough Dan 8 November 2014

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SATURDAY 15th NOVEMBER 2014                                                       DUN LAOGHAIRE 

Intertidal Ecology
The shoreline is a combination of rocky shore, sandy beach, and harbour. It has a nice selection of seaweeds, molluscs, crustaceans, polychaetes and birds. If you would rather not clamber through the rock pools, you can take the path alongside.

Leader: Laila Higgins.

Bring:  Seashore and bird identification books, and lunch

Wear:   Warm clothing, and footwear that won't be slippy on wet rocks.

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  Report Dun Laoghaire November 2014

SATURDAY 22nd NOVEMBER 2014                               RIVER SHANNON CALLOWS

 

This event is weather dependant and participants are advised to ring Pat Lenihan in advance to confirm that the outing is taking place.

 

Winter Birds
We should see Golden Plover, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Wigeon, Teal, Shovler, Pintail, Greenland White-front Goose, and Whooper Swan
.

Leader:  Brian Caffrey.

Bring:  Wellies, binoculars, warm clothes, and lunch.

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SATURDAY 22nd NOVEMBER 2014                            JUNIOR MEMBERS’ OUTING

Natural History Museum, Merrion Square
This is the first time we have arranged a Younger Members' Outing to this wonderful museum. As there are no guides available in the Museum, we plant to follow some of the the Ativity Trails that the Museum has made available on worksheets.

Leaders:  Niamh Lennon and Jennifer Ball.

NOTE:  ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

  Report Natural History Museeum November 2014

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SATURDAY 29th NOVEMBER 2014       MUSEUM BUILDING, TRINITY COLLEGE                              

Geology
We will look at mineral and rock specimens in the laboratories in the Museum Building, Trinity College. Tips on how to recognise common minerals in the field will be given, and common rocks will be viewed under the microscope.

Leader:  Kieran Craven.        

Bring:  Hand lens.

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  Report Geology Museum TCD November 2014

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EVENTS PROGRAMME DECEMBER  2014     

 

SATURDAY 6th DECEMBER 2014                                  PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

An Introduction to the Identification of Willows and Poplars (morning). Preparation and Examination of Herbarium Specimens (afternoon)
The morning session will provide an introduction to the recognition of Salix and Populus species. Trees and shrubs of these genera are widespread in Ireland.  They include natives; escaped ornamentals; and some utilitarian species formerly planted for basketry; as well as hybrids between these groups.  Some of these hybrids may have arisen spontaneously, or have survived from former cultivation. 

We will be using pressed / dried specimens. Members are requested to bring fresh and preserved material to the workshop. Recently collected specimens can be stored in a fridge in plastic bags.

In the afternoon, there will be a demonstration of the pressing, storage and presentation of herbarium specimens. In addition, we will take the opportunity to examine some interesting hybrid Salix material collected by members in recent years.

Leader:  Declan Doogue.

Bring:  Specimens, hand lens, and identification books.

  Report Praeger Meeting December 2014

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SATURDAY 13th DECEMBER 2014                                           RED ISLAND, SKERRIES    

Rocky and Sandyshore Seaweeds
The seaweeds on the drift line when the tide turns are fascinating, as the species composition and bulk of fronds that are cast up depend on heavy weather at sea and differs as the season progresses. We also hope to explore the seashore fauna.                                           

Leaders:  Howard Fox & Maria Cullen.

Bring:  Picnic lunch, and warm clothing.

  Report Skerries Meeting December 2014

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SATURDAY 20th DECEMBER 2014                               KILCOOLE, CO. WICKLOW

Bird Watching
The outing will consist of a walk southwards along the seashore at Kilcoole, which is known as “The Murrough”. During this time of year there are usually large numbers of waders, ducks, geese, swans and sea birds present.                 

Leader:  Pat Lenihan.

By Car:   Take N11 (M50/N11 Wexford) and about 1 mile south of the Glen of the Downs take the slip road to Kilcoole. At the end of the main street in the village, at the “sunken roundabout”, turn left towards the railway station. Continue to the railway gates then turn left into the car park.

By Bus:  Kilcoole is served by Dublin Bus, Number 84/a, which departs from Blackrock, destination Newcastle, Co. Wicklow. The journey takes 1 hour and 5 minutes. The meeting place, ie the railway station, is a 20-minute walk from the bus stop.

Bring:  Warm waterproof clothes, binoculars and lunch.

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THURSDAY 25th DECEMBER 2014                                                       CHRISTMAS DAY             

President Charles Shier and the Board of Directors wish all our members a happy and peaceful holiday.

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FRIDAY 26th DECEMBER 2014                                                               MARLEY PARK

The President’s Yuletide Stroll
Marlay Park is a 247-acre demesne, which lies at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. It has a restored Georgian house with a courtyard and walled gardens, extensive woodland areas, and a number of large ponds fed by the Little Dargle River. We will take a leisurely stroll through the park and examine the trees in their winter attire.

Leader:  Charles Shier.          .

Bring:  Woolly hats, scarves and gloves, and suitable footwear.

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SATURDAY 4th JANUARY 2014                                      PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs  

Bogs, Mosses and Liverworts  
Following on from the workshop last year, we will look again at some of the Sphagnum species that are found on raised bogs and that are so important for peat formation. We will examine the characteristics of leaf, branch and stem that help you to recognize them in the field.

Sphagnum Species.
Lunch.                                          
Other Bog Mosses and Liverworts.  
Leader
Katharine Duff.  

 Report 4th January 2014

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SATURDAY 11th JANUARY 2014                                    GLENMALURE, CO. WICKLOW

Bryophytes: A Joint DNFC/ British Bryological Society (Dublin Group) Outing
We will look at a range of upland mosses and liverworts in Glenmalure Valley. Sites examined will include forestry plantations and banks, upland rivers and boulders, wet grasslands and bogs. There is a record from 1988 for the rare liverwort Southbya tophacea from the Valley: we will see if we can re-find this species which hasn’t been seen here since its discovery. If time and weather permit, we will explore Fraughan Rock Glen after lunch. Beginners are very welcome

Leader: Joanne Denyer.

Meet: at the upper car park in Glenmalure Valley (just before the ford).  OSI Grid reference T066940 (Discovery map 56). The outing will end at 4.00 pm, or earlier if the weather is very cold.

Directions:   From Laragh, turn left at Lynham’s pub (R755). After 1 km, turn right for Glenmalure (L2803).  After about 8 km, at the cross-roads at the bottom of a hill (signposted left for Glenmalure Lodge), turn right and drive alongside the Avonbeg River to the car park at the end of the road (before the ford).

Bring: Shoes suitable for wet and rough terrain (e.g. walking boots), waterproofs, warm clothes, lunch and a hand lens (hand lenses will also be available to borrow).  

Report 11th January 2014

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SATURDAY 18th JANUARY 2014            NATIONAL MUSEUM, BEGGARS BUSH

Behind the Scenes at the Dead Zoo
T
he National Museum of Ireland has its Natural History Collections Research Building at  Beggars Bush, Dublin 4. We will visit this  facility which housesthe museum behind the scenes’” and includes most collections, library and staff offices.

Leader: Nigel Monaghan
Directions:   The building, a mile from the National History Museum, Merrion Street, is in a former army barracks that also houses the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Labour Court. It is part of the campus at Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4 and is located  beside the National Print Museum (map online at: http://www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/visit-us/).
The campus is near the Dart line (Grand Canal Dock station) and on the 4, 7, 63, and 84A bus routes. There is free car parking on site but avoid spaces reserved for residents because a €100 clamping fee applies.

Note: The building in not labelled or signposted on campus.  

 Report 18th January 2014 

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SATURDAY 25th JANUARY 2014          TRINITY COLLEGE , GEOLOGY MUSEUM

Geological Museum Visit, and a Tour of the Building Stones of the Campus
The meeting will consist of two parts. Part 1: An hour long visit to the museum where wonderful fossils, rocks and minerals can be seen, as well as some hidden treasures. Part 2: An hour and a half walking tour of the campus looking at the building stones. Members are welcome to attend one or both parts. The outing is suitable for children.

Leader:  Patrick Wyse Jackson.

Directions:   Enter by the main door of TCD and walk towards the playing fields. The Museum/Geology Building is on the right just before the entrance gate to the playing fields.

Bring: Patrick will be happy to identify any geological specimens provided they are not too large!  

Report 25th January 2014 

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SATURDAY 1st FEBRUARY 2014                                        PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

Morning: Local and County Floras of Britain and Ireland

Declan will examine of a selection of local and county floras illustrating the progress that has been made from the time of John Ray to the present day.

Afternoon: Flora of Howth, Recording Projects, and Use of Mapmate

The first part of the afternoon session will also be hosted by Declan who will bring members up to date on our progress with the Howth Flora and will include a discussion on future field club recording projects.  

In addition, David will give a short session on the use of databases for storing biological records with an introduction to MapMate. If you already have MapMate installed on your laptop and want some assistance please bring it along.  

Bring:  Lunch, or have lunch in the Gardens’ restaurant.

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SATURDAY 8th FEBRUARY 2014                                   RIVER SHANNON CALLOWS

Bird Watching                                             CANCELLED

During this time of year, the level of flooding of the Callows is unpredictable but we are hopeful of seeing a wide variety of ducks, geese, waders, and swans. We will also visit a bird hide in the locality to see some White Fronted Geese.  

Leader: Brian Caffrey.  

Bring: Wellies, binoculars, warm clothes, and lunch.  

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SATURDAY 15th FEBRUARY 2014                     SOUTH WALL & SHELLY BANKS            

Bird Watching and Ecology

The location will allow close views of a wide range of seabirds against a dramatic backdrop of the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains. In addition, the deployments of sand dunes and beach in the vicinity of the “built-up” harbour works will be discussed. It is intended to take an easy walk to the Poolbeg Lighthouse but, as there is absolutely no shelter, this may have to be abandoned if the weather is really bad.

Leader:   Christopher Moriarty.

Bring: Warm clothing, identification books, binoculars, and lunch.  

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SATURDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 2014                    ST. ENDA'S PARK, RATHFARNHAM

Woodland in Early Spring

The park has a stream and several ponds that can be explored. There is also a walled garden where we might see some early flowers.  In case of rain, we can take refuge in the nature study room or the Pearse Museum. There is also a Coffee Shop in the park.

Leader: Mary Carson.  

Directions:    The car park is on Sarah Curran Avenue, which connects Grange Road and Whitechurch Road. Number 16 Bus goes up Grange road. The bus stop is opposite the end of Sarah Curran Avenue and the car park entrance is about 100 metres up the avenue.  

Bring: Some containers to collect specimens, and a magnifying glass. 

.Report 22nd February 2014

 

EVENTS PROGRAMME MARCH  2014     

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SATURDAY 1st MARCH 2014                                          PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

Morning: A Short Talk on the Tiny Whorl Snail, Vertigo moulinsiana

Maria will provide information on identification, habitat requirements, survey methods, and recent findings in relation to the species. Specimens will be provided for microscopic examination providing a rare opportunity to see the species up close. Participants are invited to bring any putative Vertigo specimens for identification.  

Afternoon: Identification of Freshwater Snails

Declan will make most of the more easily encountered species available for examination and provide copies of various identification keys. In the meantime, members may wish to visit the website of the Conchological Society of Britain and Ireland and in particular their section dealing with the “Identification of Freshwater and Brackish-water Snails of Britain and Ireland “ which has a very easy to use pictorial key.  In addition, participants are asked to bring along as much material as they can accumulate.  Flood debris from rivers and lakeshores is often very rich in freshly dead shells. Hand lenses, microscopes and small measuring rules would be very useful.  

Leaders: Maria Long (morning) and Declan Doogue (afternoon).  

Bring: Specimens (see above), hand lenses, microscopes, small measuring rules, identification books, and lunch.  

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SATURDAY 8th MARCH 2014                                                                              BRAY HEAD  

Geology                                                                               

We will see rocks comprising of deep-water turbidites and quartzites of Cambrian age, ca.520 million years, and the oldest in the Dublin area.  

Leader: Jack Scott.             

Bring: Bring suitable clothing for prevailing weather conditions.  

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SATURDAY 15th MARCH 2014                            KNOCKMAROON, PHOENIX PARK

Natural History                                                                   

We will hope that flowering plants will have begun their annual cycles, and that birds will be preparing for the mating season. Jays are often seen in the trees in this area. If the weather is warm insects and creepy-crawly invertebrates should abound. If the weather is less kind, we will identify shrubs and herbaceous plants in their winter guise.  

Directions:   The Knockmaroon Gate is one-way, outwards only. Therefore, coming from the south side enter the Park at Parkgate Street, or at the Islandbridge Gate, and drive to Knockmaroon inside the Park.  

Bring: Lunch, hand lenses and binoculars. As conditions underfoot may be damp and muddy, wear suitable shoes or boots.  

.Report 15 March 2014

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SATURDAY 22nd MARCH 2014               BUS TOUR of the WICKLOW MOUNTAINS             

Wicklow In The Grip Of An Ice Age

The tour will explain how the landscape has come to look the way it does. The forests of the last 10,000 years and their clearance will be discussed, as well as the large glacial features and other geomorphological features in the region’s landscape.

We will travel from Bray via Enniskerry to Glencree. From there the tour will take the route described at: http://www.countywicklowheritage.org/page_id__73_path__.aspx  

Booking is essential well in advance, as places are limited. A charge of €20 euro will apply. To reserve a place contact Pat Lenihan: . Places will be allocated on “a first come first served basis”.

RISK ASSESSMENT    - applicable only to members whose pre-booking has ben accepted.

Leader: Peter Coxon.

Bring: (1) Warm and waterproof clothing; and strong ankle supporting and waterproof footwear as we will be walking over boggy and rocky ground.

(2) A packed lunch.  

Note:  A tour guide, (No. F), can be purchased for €7 on the day, or from the Irish Quaternary Association website: http://www.iqua.ie/field_guides.html

.Report 22 March 2014

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SATURDAY 29th MARCH 2014                                        GIRLEY BOG, CO. MEATH             

Impacts of Bog Restoration on Habitats and Flora

Girley Bog is the most easterly intact raised bog in Ireland. It has an excellent suite of typical bog plants and Sphagnum species. We will look at the extensive works that Coillte have undertaken as part of their LIFE+ funding, and the ongoing restoration works of the NPWS.

In the afternoon we may also visit Lough Shesk, which is part of the River Boyne SAC. It has a good range of fen vascular plants, “brown mosses”, and alder/birch scrub.  

Leader:         Maurice Eakin.

Directions:   Take the Kells North/Delvin/Mullingar junction off the M3 onto the N52. Approximately 4km from the M3 junction, take the left onto the small bog road (look out for brown 'Trailhead' sign post on right-hand side of road). Meet at the small car park on the bog road.  

Bring: Wellies, rainwear and lunch.

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SUNDAY 30TH MARCH 2014                     JUNIOR MEMBERS’ OUTING, KNOCKSINK 

Scavenger Hunt

We have been in Knocksink Wood for a scavenger hunt on another occasion and it is a lovely place to visit. Everyone will be given a list of things to look for as we walk through the woods and along by the river. So do come and join us, and see what you can find on our both plant and animal Scavenger Hunt.  

This Outing is especially for younger members accompanied by an adult, but adults not accompanied by a child are also very welcome.  

Leaders:       Jennifer Ball and Niamh Lennon.

Directions:    By Car: From Dublin, take the R117 through the Scalp as far as the Petrol Station at the Y junction. Take the road on the right and drive for about 2 kilometres. Knocksink Wood is after a bend in the road on the right hand side. Drive in as far as the Education Centre.

                 By Bus: Number 44 from D’Olier Street, and alight at Enniskerry.  

                 Bring: Warm, waterproof clothing, wellies, and, if possible, a clipboard and pencil.     

NOTE: ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT AND NO DOGS ALLOWED   

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EVENTS PROGRAMME APRIL 2014     
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SATURDAY 5th APRIL 2014                                             PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs  

An Introduction to the Identification of ‘Wild’ Flowering Plants     

In 2013, representatives of the Field Clubs of Ireland gathered in Belfast and formed a federation of clubs – one of whose purposes is to provide a measure of mutual support in areas of interest such as field botany, archaeology, geology and ecology.  As part of this process, we have arranged this workshop with our friends in the Belfast NFC and have plans for other interesting shared field and indoor events during the coming year.  

The initial part of the workshop will elucidate features and terms needed for the identification of plants and how to recognise some plant families. Then, you will have the opportunity to learn how to use a plant key – not a difficult task when you have a basic understanding of the above. Plants will be supplied, but please bring along samples for identification, preferably fresh whole plants including any basal leaves.  

Leader:  Richard McMullen.  

Bring:  Hand lenses, specimens, identification books and lunch, or have lunch in the Gardens’ restaurant.  

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SATURDAY 12th APRIL 2014                               DJOUCE MOUNTAIN, CO. WICKLOW          

Mountain Flora

We will take a gentle walk to Djouce from Long Hill (3rd Car Park). The flora of the mountains is restricted at the best of times and this, coupled with the time of the year, will narrow the range of species in flower. However, we are bound to see the following plants at some point of their life cycle: Ling (Calluna vulgaris), Bell Heather (Erica cinerea), and Cross-leaved Heather (Erica tetralix). Perhaps we will see some Autumn Gorse (Ulex gallii), Crowberry (Empetrum nigrum), Heath Bedstraw (Galium saxatile), and the remains of Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) and Common Butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris). We will also see some regular ferns such as Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum), Hard Fern (Blechnum spicant), Hart's-tongue (Phyllitis scolopendrium), Rusty-back Fern (Ceterach officinarum), and Polypodium (Polypodium vulgare).  

Leader:  Rosaleen Fitzgerald.

Bring:  Lunch and a hot drink, raingear. Wrap up well, and wear strong shoes or hiking boots.

 

SATURDAY 19th APRIL 2014                                           TURVEY NATURE RESERVE  

Invertebrates

The Reserve is an excellent location for a wide variety of invertebrates such as Shieldbugs, Ladybirds, Grasshoppers, and Harvestmen. We will take a walk with a general look at whatever species are around. Members are invited to bring photographs or live specimens for identification  

Leader:  Dorothy Lyle.  

Directions:    From the M1 heading north take Exit 4. At the double roundabout, follow signs for the R132. Continue along the R132 and go straight through the first roundabout. At the second roundabout, opposite the prominent Great Gas filling station, take the right exit L2136 (R126) to Donabate. After 1 km you will see a large concealed entrance gateway on your left. This entrance leads to the car park.  

Bring: Keys, identification books, hand lenses and lunch.

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SATURDAY 26th APRIL 2014                                           BRITTAS BAY, CO. WICKLOW

Sand Dune Plants

This outing will provide an excellent opportunity to see some rare and often short-lived sand dune plants.

Leader: Catriona Brady.  

Directions:  Take the N11 South. Pass all exits for Wicklow until you reach Jack White’s Pub. Then turn left and follow the signs for Brittas Bay. On reaching the T Junction turn left; the car park is immediately on the right.

Bring: Plant identification books, hand lenses, and lunch. 

.Report 26 April 2014

 

MONDAY 28th APRIL 2014                                          

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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EVENTS PROGRAMME OCTOBER 2013     

   

SATURDAY 5th OCTOBER 2013                                     PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

An Introduction to Global Positioning System (GPS)

The history and development of GPS will be discussed as well as how to find one’s position on the National Grid using a hand held GPS unit. Other topics will include the use of waypoints and trails, mapping software and, geotagging photographic images.

Leaders:    Peter Craven and Pat Lenihan.

Bring:  Note book and lunch, or have lunch in the Gardens’ restaurant.

 

SATURDAY 12th OCTOBER 2013                                                           KILLINEY HILL

Geology

We will take a short stroll over Killiney Hill looking at the granite intrusion. Then we will descend to the beach at White Rock to see the contact between this igneous body and the surrounding sedimentary rocks, and the metamorphism that occurred.

Leader:    Kieran Craven.

Bring:    Warm clothes, decent shoes, a hand lens, and lunch.

 

SATURDAY 19th OCTOBER 2013                       NEWBRIDGE HOUSE, DONABATE

Slugs and Snails

This will be a field excursion which will give members an opportunity to find, examine, and identify some of the slugs and snails that inhabit Newbridge Demesne Regional Park.

Leader:    Maria Long.

By train: Northbound trains from Connolly or Pearse Street Stations stopping at Donabate Train Station which is within walking distance

Bring: Identification books, hand lens and lunch.

  Report 19th October 2013

THURSDAY 24th OCTOBER 2013                       NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS

Art Treasures and Herbarium Visit

The afternoon will commence with a viewing of the art collection of the National Botanic Gardens. Artists represented include Raymond Piper, Lydia Shackleton, Lady Charlotte Wheeler Cuffe, Alice Jacob, Sophia Rosamund Praeger, and Ann Ball.

This will be followed by a visit to the herbarium.

    Report 24th October 2013

 

SATURDAY 26th OCTOBER 2013                                   KILCOOLE, CO. WICKLOW

Bird Watching

The outing will consist of a walk southwards along the seashore at Kilcoole which is known as “The Murrough”. During this time of year there are usually large numbers of waders, ducks, geese, swans and sea birds to be seen.                 

Leader:    Pat Lenihan.

By Car:  Take N11 (M50/N11 Wexford) and about 1 mile south of the Glen of the Downs take the slip road to Kilcoole. At the end of the main street in the village, at the “sunken roundabout”, turn left towards the railway station. Continue to the railway gates then turn left into the car park.

 

By Bus  Kilcoole can also be reached by the No. 84 bus, which departs from Belfield, destination Newcastle, Co. Wicklow. The journey takes 1 hour and 10 minutes. The railway station is a 20-minute walk from the village.

Bring:    Warm waterproof clothes, binoculars and lunch.

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EVENTS PROGRAMME NOVEMBER  2013     

 

SATURDAY 2nd  NOVEMBER 2013                    NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS  

Members’ Day

Members whose 2013 subscription has been paid have received details and an invitation to this event with this mailing. If you have not received one, please contact Membership Secretary:

Fridolin Kerr, 31 Cherrywood Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.              

 

SUNDAY 10th NOVEMBER 2013                         JUNIOR MEMBERS’ OUTING

Dublin Zoo

This event will start with a short introduction to the history and development of Dublin Zoo. Then we will look at members of the monkey family, and animals in  enclosures on the west side of the lake. From there we will go to the African Plains until we reach the new gorilla area near the end of the President's Lake.  

Leader:      Sheila Murphy.

Admission
for DNFC Members on this outing:    
1 and 2 year olds:          Free.
Children:                         €8.70.
Adults:                            €12.50.  

Wear:           
Comfortable walking shoes.
Bring:            Rain gear. Restaurant and toilet facilities are available in the Zoo.
Note:            ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT AND NO DOGS ALLOWED.  

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SATURDAY 16th NOVEMBER 2013                                            NORTH BULL ISLAND 
                 
Bird Watching  
During this time of year there is usually a wide large of waders, ducks, geese, raptors and even some land birds present. High tide is at 10.30 so many species will be very accessible.  

Leader:         Sean Hogan.
Wear: 
       Warm clothing is essential.
Bring:  
      Bring binoculars and/or telescope.

SATURDAY 23rd NOVEMBER 2013                                         LAYTOWN 

Coastal Ecology and Visit to the Grounds of National Ecology Centre (Sonairte)  
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he sand and shingle shore that fringe the estuary of the River Nanny will be examined.  Even at this time of year a certain amount of interesting shore-line plant species and coastal processes can be observed.
We will also visit the nature trail and saltmarsh within the grounds of the National Ecology Centre (Sonairte).

Leader:            Declan Doogue.

Directions: 
 
Northbound on the M1, take the exit for Julianstown. Look out for the brown tourism sign in Julianstown and turn right. You will spot Sonairte from a distance when you see the white wind turbine on the hilltop. The entrance to Sonairte is on the right just after the turbine.

Bring:  Lunch.  

  Report 23rd November 2013

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SUNDAY 1st December 2013                                        ARDGILLAN ESTATE     

Mushrooms, Lichens, Epiphytes on Woody Plants and Hedgerows in Winter  
Species identification of woody plants in winter requires careful scrutiny of available evidence. We will look at hedgerows and their epiphyte cover, as well as having a look for late season wild mushrooms in the parkland. The botany of Ardgillan Demesne is surprisingly well documented. Reports on Ardgillan fungi and woodlands are on the Fingal County Council website. We will also look at the health of Ash trees we encounter and pay attention to any fungal infections we see.  

Leaders:      Maria Cullen & Howard Fox.

Meet:            Ardgillan Demesne upper (entrance) car park.

Directions:  
The carpark just inside the entrance to Ardgillan Demesne is best approached from M1 Junction 5 Balbriggan. Head north to Balrothery and then turn in east through Balrothery village towards Skerries. After passing 'Waggy Tails' dog kennels, turn left, following signs for Ardgillan, and turn left into the entrance. If approaching from further north, take the M1 Junction 6 for Balbriggan, and immediately take the first minor road right south to Balrothery, past the North County cricket grounds, and cross through the village, and on towards Ardgillan Demesne.
Bring:
 Bring picnic lunch and warm clothing.    

               

SUNDAY 8th DECEMBER 2013                                       PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs           

Slug Identification  
Following on from the very well-supported slug identification sessions conducted by Dr. Roy Anderson in September, we have arranged a refresher session reviewing the insights we gained and examining any new material that members may bring along.
Given the time of year, it would be prudent for participants to assemble a number of gatherings of living slug material a few days in advance of the event.  Periods of sudden cold or unseasonable dry spells drive many slugs underground.  Slugs should be collected in plastic boxes and kept in a cool shaded place.  Material from different sites should not be mixed.  

Note:              This is a SUNDAY EVENT.

Leaders:       Roy Anderson and Declan Doogue.

Bring:           Specimens for identification and your lunch, or eat in the restaurant.

  Report 8th December 2013 

 

SATURDAY 14th DECEMBER 2013                         LAYTOWN to MORNINGTON           

Coastal Birds  
We will visit a number of sites along the Meath Riviera from Laytown to Mornington. This section of coast, between the rivers Nanny to the South and the Boyne to the North, is an area of beach and intertidal sand flats. In Autumn, large numbers of waders and Brent Geese may be seen. Occasionally Common Scoter gather in flocks offshore. Those with a lot of stamina might wish to remain until late evening when starlings gather for a spectacular aerial display before roosting.                         

Leaders:       Pat Kearney and Pat Lenihan.

Meet:              in Laytown Village in the beach-side car park opposite the small supermarket. The car park is within walking distance of the train station.

Directions:   Leave the M1 at Junction 7 and continue towards Julianstown.  From Julianstown continue along the R150 for 3 km to Laytown. The car park is on the right shortly after passing under the railway bridge.

Bring:            Suitable clothing and footwear, binoculars, and scope.

 

SATURDAY 21st DECEMBER 2013            BROADMEADOWS ESTUARY, SWORDS

Estuary Birds  
This broad estuary provides feeding sites for waders, ducks and gulls, and there is a possibility of seeing vagrant species.  

Leader:          Kevin Dooney
Meet:            opposite the Estuary (Dog) Kennels, Swords.  

Directions:   From Dublin: On the Swords Bypass (R132) turn right at the Seatown Road Roundabout (Woodies DIY entrance is then immediately on your left). Continue along Seatown Road eastwards (through the first roundabout) to the coast. There, at the roundabout, turn right onto Estuary Road. The meeting place is on the coast about 50 yards on the left in front of the few houses at the Estuary Road entrance to the Dog Kennels. 
Parking is extremely limited along the busy Estuary Road. Therefore, it is advised to continue (past the meeting place) further along Estuary Road (direction Malahide) and use one of the lay bys on the left hand side. You can then walk back to the meeting place (grid reference O 195 474).

Bring
:             Identification books, binoculars, and lunch. 

25th DECEMBER CHRISTMAS DAY 2013

President Patrick Lenihan and the Board of Directors wish all a happy and peaceful Holiday.

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THURSDAY 26th DECEMBER 2013                   UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, BELFIELD  

 

           
Nova UCD, Belfield 

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Walk in the UCD Campus  
We will look at the woodland and exotic trees. Some of the latter are quite old, others have been planted since the university moved on site in the 1960s.  

Leader:          David Nash.

Directions:    Cross the flyover on the Stillorgan Road, enter the campus and immediately bear right.

Bring:             Suitable footwear.

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SATURDAY 4th May 2013                                                  PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

An Introduction to Ground Beetle Identification

Nessa will describe how to identify the Carabidae, an attractive, useful and manageable group of beetles. It will be a chance to share and discuss knowledge on their distribution and ecology. Specimens from Turvey Park and mainland Europe will be available for examination. Attendees are encouraged to bring specimens for identification - alive or dead, or just to show them off!

Lunch

 Irish “Bird Books” and their Authors 

In this session, Pat will review and display the major books published on Irish birds from 1849 to the early 1980s. In addition, the life and work of some of the authors, such as Thompson, Barrington, Ussher and Ruttledge, will be discussed.

Leaders:       Nessa Darcy and Pat Lenihan.

Bring:            Hand lens, specimens (see above), identification books and lunch, or have lunch in the Gardens’ restaurant.

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SATURDAY 11th MAY 2013                       WAR MEMORIAL PARK, ISLANDBRIDGE

Flora and Fauna

Our National War Memorial Park has at last emerged from the shadows after the splendid pageantry surrounding the recent Royal visit, and is now perhaps better known to Dubliners. We will examine the flora and fauna of the Park and the adjacent banks of the River Liffey in a walk from the Memorial Park at Islandbridge towards Chapelizod.

Leaders:       Pat Kearney, Gerry Sharkey and Pat Lenihan.

By Car:         Heading west on Conyngham Road, turn left onto South Circular Road at Islandbridge. 
                      Immediately over the Liffey bridge watch out for a small brown road sign on the right-hand side. 
                      Follow this sign towards and through large gates. Turn immediately right for the road to the car-park.

By Bus:         Routes 68 and 69 from Aston Quay to SCR, Islandbridge, or routes 25, 26, 66 and 67 from Pearse St. to 
                      Conyngham Road.

Bring:            Walking boots, binoculars, hand lens, and lunch. 

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SATURDAY 18th MAY 2013                                               TURVEY NATURE RESERVE

“Bugs and Beetles” I 

We hope to collect and identify Shieldbugs, Ladybirds, Grasshoppers, Harvestmen and Spiders. Please bring photographs or live specimens for identification. Shieldbugs and Ladybirds, for example, can be kept safely in a plastic box in a fridge for a few days with a couple of leaves and a slightly damp tissue. You are also very welcome to contribute to the outing and to further work on the distribution of a particular group of your choice in County Dublin.

Leaders:       Dorothy Lyle, Deirdre Hardiman, Declan Doogue, and David Nash.

Directions:   From the M1 heading north take Exit 4. At the double roundabout, follow signs for the R132. Continue along the R132 and go straight through the first roundabout. At the second roundabout, opposite the prominent Great Gas filling station, take the right exit L2136 (R126) to Donabate. After 1 km you will see a large concealed entrance gateway on your left. This entrance leads to the car park.

Bring:            Keys or identification books, hand lens and lunch.

... Report and photos May 18th 2013

 

SUNDAY 19th MAY 2013                                        JUNIOR MEMBERS’ OUTING, NEWCASTLE

Pond Dipping and Fen Beast Hunting in the East Coast Reserve

The reserve is located in the Murrough Wetlands, which consist of a wide range of coastal and freshwater habitats, stretching from Kilcoole to Wicklow. The visit is aimed at our younger members accompanied by an adult, but adults are also very welcome. The visit will be hands on, with pond dipping and mini-bug hunting for fen creatures.

Leader        Catherine Dempsey.

Diirections:   

By Bus: Take number 84 to Newcastle from Corn Exchange Place in Dublin. Alight in Newcastle, near the Castle Inn, where the bus terminates. Take the road (Sea Road) opposite the bus stop signposted to the beach. The reserve is about one mile away on the south side of this road.

By Car: Leave the N11 at the Kilcoole/Greystones exit, which is just to the south of the R762 turning to Delgany, and follow the signs to Kilcoole. Drive through Kilcoole to Newcastle. Turn left after the Castle Inn and bridge, and follow the road down to the coast where parking is available.

Bring:             Wellies, warm and waterproof clothing, identification books, pencil, clipboard and snacks.

Note:              ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT AND NO DOGS ALLOWED.

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SATURDAY 25th MAY 2013                                                                HOWTH

Geology, Soils and Flora

We will visit some interesting areas around the Howth Peninsula to examine the relationship between vegetation, soils and the underlying bedrock.  The areas will include; Sutton – Claremont beach and Bottle Quay; the Summit of Howth; and possibly other areas depending on weather and time.

Leaders:   Declan Doogue and Peter Coxon.

Directions:   From Dublin take the Clontarf road along the coast; go past Bull Island and at Sutton Cross bear right onto Greenfield Road. St. Fintan’s Church is on the left hand side about 500m further on. Park in front of the church.

Bring:   Boots, rain wear, hand lenses and lunch.

Report May 25th 2013

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SATURDAY 31 May to 3rd June  2013                                      DERRYGONNELLY

Federation of Irish Field Clubs Field Trip to Co Fermanagh and locality

In the late 19th century, R.L. Praeger established an Irish Field Club Union which met between 1895 and 1910. One hundred years later, following the decision to reinstate a Federation of Irish Field Clubs, the Inaugural Field Meeting will be held in County Fermanagh to which members of all Irish Field Clubs and similar organisations are invited to attend.

Derrygonnelly Field Studies Centre, Co. Fermanagh, in Derrygonnelly village which is about 10 miles west of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, will be used as a base for the weekend.

Friday 31st May. There will be an evening meal, an informal get-together, an opportunity to view exhibitions, and moth-traps will be set-up.

Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd June. There will be field trips to the following locations: Marble Arch and Cuilcagh Geopark; Correl Glen; Monawilkin National Nature Reserve; Lough Navar Forest Park; and Devenish Island Monastic Site

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Friday 31st May evening

Evening meal, informal get-together, exhibitions, Moth-traps set-up. 

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Saturday 1st June  - Moth-traps opening 

Whole day visit to Marble Arch and Cuilcagh Geopark. This Global and European UNESCO Geopark covers parts of Counties Fermanagh and Cavan. The Nature Reserves at Killykeeghan and Crossmurrin are the best examples of limestone karst areas in Northern Ireland and the Burren area of County Cavan is noted botanically and archaeologically. We will tour, partly by boat, the extensive Marble Arch caves, one of Europe's finest show caves.

Evening lecture on the archaeology and history of the area by Claire Foley (NIEA)

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Sunday 2nd June

Visit to Correl Glen, opposite the entrance to Lough Navar Forest Park, led by Robert Northridge, co-author of the recently published The Flora of County Fermanagh, and Monawilkin National Nature Reserve. Correl Glen is noted for ferns, including filmy ferns, Equisetum hyemale and Monotropa hypopitys. Monawilkin has many dragonflies, butterflies and nesting curlews and meadow pipits.

Picnic lunch and visit to Lough Navar Forest Park for more botany, zoology, geology and scenic views.

In the evening, a Mini-conversazione – members share their discoveries, pictures and ideas about the weekend.

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Monday 3rd June

Boat trip from Enniskillen to Devenish Island Monastic Site on Lower Lough Erne, led by Claire Foley.

Devenish is one of the most important Early Christian sites in Ulster, founded by St.Molaise in the 6th century; it has a Round Tower, old churches and monastic buildings. 

 

Members to book with Mrs Joan Semple, excursion@bnfc.org.uk 

Details and booking form being issued with DNFC AGM notice.

 

EVENTS PROGRAMME June 2013     

SATURDAY 8th JUNE 2013                                                GLENMALURE VALLEY

How to Grow a Forest: Restoring Native Woodland on Conifer Clearfell

We will visit sites in Glenmalure Valley where there is an experiment in native woodland restoration on conifer clearfell. Different management techniques will be seen, such as the use of fencing to exclude herbivores. We will see the vegetation that is present 10 years after its restoration and its significance for the future plant community

Leaders:      Karen Moore.

Directions:  At Laragh turn left at Lynham’s pub (R755). After 1 km turn right for Glenmalure (L2083). After about 8 km, at the cross-roads at the bottom of a hill (signposted left for Glenmalure Lodge), turn right and drive alongside the Avonbeg River to the car park at the end of this road.

Bring:          Lunch and walking boots, identification books for plants and/or bryophytes, and a hand lens.

Note:          In the afternoon we may explore this beautiful valley in more general terms including its geology, rare bryophytes and human history.

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SATURDAY 15th JUNE 2013                                                                    KILLINEY BEACH

A Geological Walk

All the major rock types make an appearance along this short stretch of coastline. We will look at the glacial cliffs near Killiney Station before making our way back along the beach towards the granite intrusion at White Rock where igneous and metamorphic rocks are on display. Along the way, we will see how modern processes are operating and shaping the geological formations.

Leader:         Kieran Craven.

Bring:           Strong footwear, warm clothes, lunch, and a hand lens.

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SATURDAY 22nd JUNE 2013                                                                   GLENDALOUGH

Ferns for Beginners

This is an opportunity to “get to grips” with ferns. Glendalough has a great variety of them making it easy to compare and contrast different species.

Leader:          Catriona Brady.

Bring:            Lunch, walking shoes, and hand lens.

Report June 22nd 2013

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SATURDAY 29th JUNE 2013                                                                    CORKAGH PARK

Nature Walk

We will take a gentle walk through Corkagh Park, on the flood plain of the Camac river, and will look at the trees of the Famine Arboretum as well as the native and exotic trees of the old estate. Snippets of the abundant local history of this South Dublin County Council Park will also be mentioned. A small rose garden, wetland area, and pet farm are added attractions. 

Leader:         Fridolin Kerr.

Directions:   By Car: From Dublin on the N7 take a right turn at Newlands Cross onto the Fonthill road. Drive through 3 sets of traffic lights (Bewleys Hotel and a Topaz garage will be on your left) and turn left after the 3rd set of lights (pedestrian). The entrance to Corkagh Park is at a small roundabout at the end of this small road.

By Bus: Number 13 from Dame Street will take you to the Fonthill Road. It is a 10 – 15 minute walk from the bus stop to the car park.       

Bring:            Wet weather clothing.
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  Report 29th June 2013

 

EVENTS PROGRAMME July 2013     

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SATURDAY 6th JULY 2013                                                                      PRAEGER CENTRE, NBG

 An Introduction to the Identification of Plants

Richard will give an introduction to the identification of ‘wild’ flowering plants. The initial part of the workshop will elucidate features and terms needed for the ID of plants and how to recognise some plant families. You will have the opportunity to learn how to use a plant key – not a difficult task when you have a basic understanding of the above.

Plants will be supplied, but please bring along samples for ID, preferably fresh whole plants including any basal leaves. (You need a licence to collect protected species).


 Lunch

The Use of Databases for Storing Records

The afternoon session will be flexible with the plant identification workshop continuing for a period. 

If there is demand, David will give a short session on the use of databases for storing biological records with an introduction to MapMate. 
If you already have MapMate installed on your laptop and want some assistance please bring it along.

Leaders:               Richard McMullen and David Nash.

Bring:     Hand lens, or you can purchase one at the event, specimens (see above), identification books and lunch, or have lunch in the   Gardens’ restaurant.

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You may read and download copies of Richard's 'handout' below:

   Page 1    Page 2    Page3     Page 4    Page 5    Page 6    Page 7

 

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SATURDAY 13th JULY 2013                                                                                EDENDERRY

 Bryophytes: A JOINT DNFC/BRITISH BRYOLOGICAL SOCIETY (DUBLIN GROUP) OUTING

We will be looking at mosses and liverworts along the Grand Canal, which will provide a range of aquatic, man-made and scrub habitats.  It may be possible to access cutover raised bog from the canal walk.  If the flora proves to be dull, we might move to another bog or to woodland habitats nearby.

Leaders: George Smith and Joanne Denyer.

Directions:          Take the M4 motorway towards Galway. Leave the motorway at Exit 9 (Enfield), signposted for Edenderry.  At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit (sign posted Edenderry) on to the R402. Stay on this road until you reach Edenderry, but make sure you make the right turn after Carbury rather than taking the R403 towards Prosperous & Naas. Once in Edenderry, follow the road around to the right, and the square will be on your right.

Bring:    Wellies, warm clothes, rain gear, hand lenses, ID books and lunch.

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SUNDAY 21st JULY 2013                                                                                 DONABATE/PORTRANE

Bugs and Beetles II (See Bugs and Beetles I, 18th May 2013, for details).

Leaders:               Dorothy Lyle, Deirdre Hardiman, Declan Doogue and David Nash

Bring:                    Keys or identification books, hand lens and lunch.

SUNDAY 21st JULY 2013                                 JUNIOR MEMBERS’ OUTING, SANDYCOVE

Rockpool Outing

This “Rockpool Outing” is especially for younger members but adults not accompanied by a child are also very welcome. The rockpools are situated along a stretch of coast which provides both sheltered and exposed habitats teeming with life. 

Leaders              Niamh Lennon and Jennifer Ball

        

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SUNDAY 28th JULY 2013                                                                          ABBEYLEIX BOG

Raised Bog Habitats

Abbeyleix Bog south of the town was traversed by the Portlaoise-Kilkenny railway until 1962. The bog was acquired by Bord na Móna, but development did not proceed beyond initial drainage. In an effort to restore the habitat to an ‘active raised bog’, some 3,500 peat dams were inserted in 2009 to raise the water level in the internal drains.

This outing will offer members an opportunity to test their Sphagnum identification skills in the field. We will be examining the following habitats: degraded raised bog under regeneration; hand cutover peatland areas; former railway bed with imported calcareous materials; minerotrophic and ombrotrophic wet woodland. The central rail-bed gives easy access to the middle of the bog, but the bog surface will be WET!

Leaders:       Charles Shier & Katharine Duff.

By Car:          From Dublin take the N7/M7, exit at Junction 17 and take the N77 for Abbeyleix. 

Bring:            Floras, lunch, wellingtons, or waterproof hiking boots.

  Report 28 July 2013

 

EVENTS PROGRAMME AUGUST 2013     

 

SATURDAY 3rd AUGUST 2013                                       PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs

 

Plant Identification: Asteraceae and Umbelliferae

Two large groups of flowering plants have often frustrated field botanists.  The Asteraceae (better known as the Compositae) and the Umbelliferae indeed do include some genera (Taraxacum, Hieracium) that are difficult to name, but many of their species are very straightforward.  On the day we hope to bring together a number of fresh and pressed examples of the more widespread species for examination.

Leaders:       Gerry Sharkey and Declan Doogue.

Bring:    Hand lenses, works of identification, and lunch. The value of the event will be increased if members bring additional material for examination.

Note:   The BSBI has reprinted its key reference work Umbellifers of the British Isles by T.G.Tutin.

  Report 3 August 2013                                                                  

SATURDAY 3rd AUGUST 2013                            JUNIOR MEMBERS’ OUTING, HOWTH

Rock pools

At Balscadden, the rock pools contain a fascinating array of animals such as Fish, Anemones, Common Starfish, Brittlestars, Dogwhelks, Winkles, Topshells, Hermit Crabs, Common Shore and Porcelain Crabs, Whelks and Prawns.

This outing is especially for younger members but adults not accompanied by a child are also very welcome.

Leaders:   Niamh Lennon and Jennifer Ball.

Meet:   at  the land end of the East Pier, Howth, which is near the King Sitric restaurant. T

Directions:   Dart to Howth railway station, then walk, approximately 800 metres, along the seafront to the meeting point.

Wear:   Wellies or old runners that won’t be slippy on wet rocks, waterproof clothing, and a change of clothes.

Bring:   Nets or sieves, plastic containers, and identification books.

 Note:  ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT AND NO DOGS ALLOWED.

SATURDAY 10th AUGUST 2013                                                              TIMAHOE BOG

Flora and Fauna

Timahoe Bog, formerly used for turf production by Bord na Mona, has been left to re-vegetate for 20 years This will be a general outing, the priority target being the Small Skipper Butterfly which was seen last season along the abandoned BNM railway track.

Leaders:   David Nash, Bob Aldwell and Deirdre Hardiman.

Directions:   Take the N7 from Dublin, exit at Naas and take the R407 to Sallins and Clane, and then the R403 to the Prosperous meeting point..

Bring:   Outdoor clothing, hiking or rubber boots, flora and fauna information books, and a packed lunch.

  Report 10 August 2013

 

SATURDAY 17th AUGUST 2013                                                              BULL ISLAND

Butterflies

We should see Common Blue, Grayling, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, and Small Tortoiseshell. There may also be migrants about and the larvae of the Marsh Fritillary. 

Leaders:       Bob Aldwell and Frank Smyth.

Meet:    opposite the entrance to St. Anne’s Golf Club near the roundabout at the island end of the Causeway.

Bring:    Identification books, hand lens and lunch.

    Report 17 August 2013

SATURDAY 24th August 2013                                         TYMON PARK, TALLAGHT

Plant Recording in a Suburban Park

Tymon Park covers an extensive area on both sides of the M50 and includes semi-natural grassland, ponds, hedgerows and planted woodland. The aim of the meeting is to discuss how to record plants, using Tymon Park and its habitats as an example.

Leaders:    Sylvia and Julian Reynolds.

Meet:  in the main car park on the south-west side of Tymon Park.

Directions:    Take the Tallaght exit from the M50, turn right at the next roundabout, then left onto Tallaght Road and first right onto Castletymon Road, which curves left when it meets the park. The car park is shortly after on the right (grid reference approx. O105289).

Bring:    Identification books, a hand lens, and lunch.  

   Report 24 August 2013

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EVENTS PROGRAMME SEPTEMBER 2013     

 

SUNDAY 1st SEPTEMBER 2013                                     PORTRANE and DONABATE    

Coastal Ecology and Woodland Invertebrates

The morning will be spent examining the vegetation ecology of various coastal habitats - salt marshes, dunes and cliffs in the Portrane area. The afternoon session (invertebrates) in the Turvey woodlands is being held partly to collect material for the slugs’ workshop which will be hosted by Dr. Anderson the following weekend.

Meet:  at the lay-by near the shop in Portrane Village.

Leader:     Declan Doogue.

Directions for Turvey:

From Dublin: On the M1 take Exit 4.Then from the roundabout go along the R132 (Skerries direction). At the second roundabout, opposite the prominent Great Gas filling station, take the right exit L2136 (R126) to Donabate. After 1 km the entrance leading to the car park is on your left.

Bring:    Identification books, hand lens and lunch.

Report 1 September 2013

 

SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2013                                 PRAEGER CENTRE, NBGs     

Slug Identification Workshop

Each year the DNFC welcomes a visiting guest expert to develop our knowledge of certain botanical or zoological groups.  This year, Roy Anderson has agreed to conduct a slug identification workshop. Roy has been working on the invertebrate fauna of Ireland for many years and his expertise extends from the Coleoptera to the Mollusca and he has a phenomenal knowledge of Irish habitats. Many slugs formerly thought to be single species are in fact complexes of two or more taxa. Roy has been investigating this and will bring members up to date with his recent researches.

Roy will give a presentation to members about the basics of slug identification and he will familiarize participants with his new key to slug identification.

Leader:   Dr. Roy Anderson.

Bring:  (1) Freshly collected slugs in plastic or glass containers.  Slugs can be kept alive for some time when fed on carrots and potato slices. Keep the live material cool, and line the containers with layers of absorbent paper.

Report 7 September 2013

SUNDAY 15th SEPTEMBER 2013                                 TURLOUGH HILL                                          

Upland Flora

We will examine broken rocky ground with some small outcrops and hope to see mountain plants such as Dwarf Willow (Salix herbacea), Cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), Lesser Twayblade (Listera cordata) as well as Fir Clubmoss (Huperzia selago), Stag’s-horn Clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum) and Alpine Clubmoss (Diphasiastrum alpinum).

Leaders:    Con Breen and Pat Lenihan.

Directions:   Take the N11 south to Kilmacanogue, and from there the R755 towards Glendalough. At Laragh (25km), continue on the main road (now the R756). After 2 km, just before Glendalough, go right at the fork (Blessington/Wicklow Gap). At the Wicklow Gap  7 km to the top of the valley, there are two small parking areas.  Park at the second one on the left off the main road just past the first car park.

Bring:     Warm clothing, boots, waterproof rain wear, including overtrousers, hand lenses and lunch.  

Warning: There will be a steep climb (30 minutes) on a tarmac road, followed by a traverse over rough, wet ground to lough firrib and back   Total distance will be 5 miles approx

If the leaders consider the weather on the day to be unsuitable, an alternative site in the area will be visited.

    Report 15 September 2013

SATURDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 2013                                          LIFFEY VALLEY PARKS                                     

Flora, Trees and Geology

We will see riverside plants, old and new parkland and woodland, fine specimen trees, as well as examining the geology and landscape.

Leader:    Christopher Moriarty.

Directions:    he car park is situated to the west of the village on the right after passing the Maxol filling station.                       
 
Bus Number 67 from Dublin stops just before the Maxol station.

Bring:    Outdoor clothing, flora identification books, a hand lens, and lunch.

  Report 21st September 

SATURDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 2013                  NEWTOWNMOUNTKENNEDY (NMK)

Autumn Fruits and Fungi

The outing will constist of two sessions. In the morning we will visit mixed woodland and a stream near the town, and in the afternoon examine upland boggy pasture and older forest up on Glendarragh.  

Leader:    Mary Carson..

Directions:   By Car: N11 through Glen of the Downs.  Watch for signs to NMK - don't go to Kilquade. A complex roundabout gets you to the old road through NMK.  As you reach the town take a very sharp right turn up the hill past the church.  Cars can be parked at a large display map by the road.

By Bus: Bus Eireann Route 133 runs every hour on the hour from George's Quay (Ulster Bank) and from Bus Eireann stops in Kildare St., Burlington Hotel, and the Stillorgan Rd. at UCD. Time to NMK is 55 minutes.  

Bring:    Rubber boots for the afternoon session. Containers to collect fungi and illustrated books on the subject, waterproof clothing, and lunch. 

  Report 28th September 2013

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EVENTS PROGRAMME march 2013     

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SATURDAY 2nd MARCH 2013                                                        PRAEGER CENTRE, NBG

Bryophyte Microscope Techniques

We have had many recent outings to look at bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts) in the field.  However, many species cannot be identified without the use of a microscope.  In this workshop we will look at techniques to help you use a microscope for bryophyte identification.  You don’t need to have any prior experience of bryophytes or micrscopes, so all are welcome!

Leader:    Dr Joanne Denyer

Bring:   

  • Microscope: high power (compound) and/or low power (dissecting), if you have these. 
    I will bring my microscopes and we can share as required.

  • Dissecting Equipment (e.g. forceps, mounted needles) and/or Bryophyte Identification Books, if you have any.

  • Lunch, or have Lunch in the Garden's restaurant.

Report and photos March 2nd 2013_Bryophyte Microscope Techniques_Mosses & Liverworts

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NOTE

  • Meetings of The Dublin Naturalists' Field Club are open to Members and their Guests.

  • If you wish to join applications should be made to the Membership Secretary or by completion of the Membership Application Form and sending to the

    Membership Secretary
    Fridolin Kerr
    31 Cherrywood Park 
    Clondalkin
    Dublin 22 
      
    Email:
    Membership
    dot Secretary at dnfc dot net

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