Kilteevan Tidy Towns is delighted to announce that we are now in a position to host the two free events which we had to postpone in August due touenexpected circumstances.
Join us on September 10th and 24th
We are delighted to report that Kilteevan Tidy Towns Heritage Week Event went ahead today despite major challenges with the weather. Our sincere thanks to Aoife Kirk, Community Engagement Officer, Community Wetlands Forum for supporting the event. Thanks also to Chris Peppiatt and Laura Connolly Conservation Rangers with the National Parks and Wildlife Service for their contributions and support yesterday and today.
We managed to gather our moths and get a few photos on Cloonlarge Bog before the heaven's opened!!! We had to take unannounced shelter in Community Centre to examine and the moths and observe the identification process. Chris identified 18 different species of moths from the traps we set last night. Laura provided a superb a display of taxidermy animals and birds common on our bogs.
WE have so much still to learn about our natural heritage and biodiversity!
"In all things of nature there is something of there marvellous" Aristotle“
What is that in a garden in Kilteevan?
Is it a bird? Is it a butterfly? Is it a moth? This creature made us do a double take yesterday evening. Citizen Science is so exciting, interesting and rewarding!
Well, after some searching we have discovered it is a Hummingbird Hawk-Moth (Macroglossum stellatarum).
This was not easy to photograph as it hovered all the time like a hummingbird.
It has a long tongue-like proboscis that rolls out of its coiled tube to reach the nectar deep inside flowers. This tongue is about double the length of its body.
We have learned that they migrate from Southern Europe in variable numbers each year and that there have been sightings in Ireland in recent years. Amazing! What a great school day for the not so young!!!
We have submitted this record to the National Biodiversity Data Centre.
Lots more to learn about our moths on our forth coming Heritage Day event August 20th. Don’t forget to register in time. It’s all happening in Kilteevan
We are so excited for Heritage Week this year! We've partnered with Connecting Communities with Peatlands and NPWS to host a bog walk and moth identification event on Cloonlarge Bog Saturday 20th August.
This will be a fun day on the bog as we explore and learn about Cloonlarge Bog, wander down Lilliput Way, and discover the moths that live there!
To register, please email email@example.com
Our own ever vigilant Tidy Towns Citizen Scientist – is thrilled to report that the Marsh Fritillary Butterfly was recorded on the Cloonlarge Loop today(7 June 2022) The record was submitted to National Biodiversity Data Centre.
This butterfly is legally protected under Annex II of the European Union Habitats and Species Directive. According to the Red List of Irish Butterflies published by National Parks and Wildlife Service in 2010, the Marsh Fritillary is categorised as ‘Vulnerable’, which means it is considered at risk of extinction.
It is vitally important that we continue our good work protecting this habitat.
This project received grant aid from Roscommon LEADER Partnership Rural Development Programme which is financed by the Irish Government under the Rural Development Programme Ireland 2007-2013 and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas.