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August 16, 2010

A Butterfly’s Eye View of Lullymore West Bog


The Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) in association with Kildare County Council has released an educational CD containing information about the diverse range of butterflies present in Lullymore West Bog in the Bog of Allen Co. Kildare.

Because the wet grassland habitat of Lullymore West Bog has never been improved for agriculture, there is a high diversity of wild flowers such as Knapweed, clover, trefoil and Cuckoo flower which attract many species of butterfly.

There are 22 out of 30 Irish species of butterfly to be found at Lullymore West Bog including the extremely rare Marsh Fritillary. Within this CD is a picture gallery of all the species of butterfly at this site and information on their prefered habitat, flight period, foodplants and much more.

Also included in this CD is a short movie about the Marsh Fritillary butterfly and its life cycle. This movie gives the viewer an amazing insight into the life of this butterfly including its habitat requirements and breeding sites. This fascinating CD will provide people with a deep appreciation of the diversity of butterflies to be found outside their homes and is available to purchase by contacting the IPCC for €10 including postage and packing.

This Butterfly Conservation Project has been supported by Kildare County Council under the Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2010. The management of Lullymore West Bog is also supported by the Heritage Council Grant Scheme 2010.