Busy summer in store for natural history on Bute

Buteshire Natural History Society is planning a programme of events this summer.
Buteshire Natural History Society is planning a programme of events this summer.

A busy programme of summer outdoor events organised by the Buteshire Natural History Society begins this weekend.

This Saturday, May 16, local moth expert Glyn Collis will lead the first of two events aimed at trapping, identifying and recording (and then releasing) some of the species of moth to be found on the island.

A similar ‘moth trapping’ event will be held on Saturday, September 5, while Glyn will also lead a number of butterfly walks looking for the Marsh Fritillary butterfly, on various dates during June.

Roger Connard will lead two wild flower walks on June 13 and August 8, and on July 18 there’s a ‘dragonfly walk’ - also looking for butterflies - to the Mount Stuart Reservoir, located near the Kingarth war memorial, and the Quien Burn, led by Ron Forrester.

If you’re interested in this Saturday’s moth trapping event you should meet at Bute Produce, next to Rothesay Joint Campus, at 9am.

You can read more about the BNHS summer programme in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, May 14. For more information on any of the events listed above, contact Ron Forrester on (01700) 505352 or see the society’s website, www.butemuseum.org.uk.