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Butterflies of Donegal
Book 1: IRELAND'S BUTTERFLIES A REVIEW
Published in 2012
INFORMATION received by the authors from several hundred recorders,
during their coordination of butterfly recording over a fifteen year survey period (1995-2009)
of all the butterflies of Ireland, is central to this book.
The data collected has provided unique detail on the distribution of Irish butterflies and on when and where they may be seen. The book contains some 350 photographs, drawings, maps and charts. All thirty four species of butterfly regularly seen in Ireland with their eggs, larvae and pupae are described. The rarer vagrant butterflies to our shores are also illustrated.
The various chapters include a historyof the study of butterflies in Ireland, geology, soils and climate, conservation, gardening for butterflies, species accounts, sites of interest and a number of appendices with supplementary information including a bibliography. Unique to this publication is the chapter on 'The Butterfly as an Insect' which illustrates and details the behaviour, function and form of the butterfly.
So there is information for every reader, from the beginner wishing to identify apassing butterfly to the person seeking further detailed information.The ongoing losses of bog and semi-natural habitat are a major cause of concern for this fascinating aspect of Ireland’s heritage. There are eight species of butterfly on the Northern Ireland (UK) Priority List, whereas in the Republic of Ireland the only legally protected species is the Marsh Fritillary which is designated as a consequence of the Bern Convention and the Habitats Directive.
ISBN 978 0 9530037 2 3. Hardback. All colour printing, 272 pages. >>>>
Published by The Dublin Naturalists' Field Club, 35 Nutley Park, Dublin 4
Publication date: late February 2012. RRP €25.
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Corrections: A small number of errors have come to our attention and you may download an amendment slip.
. ISBN 978 0 9530037 2 3. Hardback. All colour printing, 272 pages.
Published by The Dublin Naturalists'
Field Club, 35 Nutley Park, Dublin 4
Book 2: THE BUTTERFLIES OF DONEGAL
This is the first book published on the butterflies of Donegal. The contents are based on a seventeen year survey of butterflies throughout Donegal. Led by the book’s authors Bob Aldwell and Frank Smyth the project involved the input of a large number of volunteer recorders from throughout the county. During the survey twenty-seven butterfly species were recorded out of the thirty-five species known to occur in Ireland. Donegal was found to have good populations of less common butterflies such as the Marsh Fritillary, Large Heath, Small Blue and Wall Brown. The presence of many butterflies in an area is a good indicator of a healthy environment. Such areas also sustain large numbers of bees, moths and other small animals, which are important as pollinators and part of the wider food chain. This beautifully produced and copiously illustrated book covers many aspects of butterflies and their habitats, including:
A short history of butterfly recording in Donegal.
Details of the most important butterfly habitats.
Descriptions and photographs of each species of butterfly.
A list of twenty-one of the best sites in the county to see butterflies with
instructions on access. These sites are spread widely, ranging from near
Ballyshannon to North Inishowen.
General queries should be directed to to ButterflyIreland .
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