Coastal insects and habitat walk with Buglife Northern Ireland

Thursday 6th July, 2023 - 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

National Trust - Murlough National Nature Reserve, Murlough Car Park (not Keel Point), Dundrum, BT33 0NQ

Join us to learn and share experiences of insects (and other invertebrates) at one of Northern Ireland’s most impressive dune systems.

National Trust Murlough National Nature Reserve , an ASSI and SAC, boasts one of Northern Ireland’s most impressive sand dune systems. It is home to numerous species with localised distribution and species of conservation interest.

On Thursday 6th July 2023, join us to explore the insect biodiversity present and understand to the complex habitat they call home.

Focus on the day will be on solitary bees and wasps – species that will make full use of the mosaic of habitat within. Example species include Intermediate Shield Wasp (Crabro peltarius), a wasp that is curiously restricted to a coastal distribution in Ireland, with Murlough being the only Northern site. However, we will explore all insects we come across. We may take a brief step away from insects to look at spiders.

National Trust will be on hand to discuss habitat management of such a complex habitat.

The agenda for the day:

  • Meet at the main Murlough car park (one with toilets and cafe – NOT Keel Point) for 10:20am
  • Debrief and walk will start at 10:30am
  • We will follow a pre-determined route along the dunes and stop to chat and where appropriate survey the area
  • Main walk will finish by 1pm
  • Host will be available until 2pm for questions and more surveying

This walk and talk will be aimed at anyone who is interested in insects or to learn more about insects. Children are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult (please inform [email protected]), however, this will not be suitable for younger children and those in buggies due to terrain. The terrain will be shifting and uneven in parts and will not be suitable for those with mobility issues – we will look to accommodate in future outings.

Please wear appropriate clothing for the day and assess the weather for the day for what else may be needed (e.g., sun cream).

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