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CEDaR Training Courses

Many of the 2015 CEDaR Training courses are aimed at supporting the BSBI Atlas 2020 Project and focus of various plant groups.

List of CEDaR Training Courses for 2015
Click on the links to find out more about each course and book your place(s). More courses will become available for booking shortly.

Hoverflies: 20 May, Kilbroney Country Park
Sedges: 26 June, Crom Estate
Collecting and Pinning: 26 August, Ulster Museum
Woodlice: 3 September, St. John's Point, Killough
Fungi: 30 September, Castle Archdale Country Park
Lichens: 14 October, Drumnaph Wood, Maghera
Recorder 6: 17-18 November, Training Room, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
CEDaR Training Courses are aimed at anyone interested in wildlife. It is hoped that attendees will become wildlife recorders; recording what they see around them. Courses are open to all and booking is essential.
  • These are adult education courses and not suitable for young children. Anyone under 18 attending must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Suitable clothing and footwear for outdoor fieldwork is essential.
For further information, contact Pauline Campbell, CEDaR Database Officer, 028 90395255

Other events


Butterfly Conservation Northern Ireland 

Thursday 16th April – BCNI Winter Talks, House of Sport, Belfast

19:30 Roy Anderson: Insects of the Garden

A talk on the wild and wonderful you can encounter on your own doorstep with some basic tips on identifying very common but seldom recorded species.

Saturday 18th April – Beginning in Butterflies: A training day in butterfly ID and surveys

Lock Keepers Cottage, Lagan Valley Belfast

11.00  Join us for a morning of learning all about the various butterfly species found here in Northern Ireland plus a session on the various surveys and surveying techniques we use to record and monitor them.  We will also be going through moth traps set the night before.  Get in touch if you would like to adopt one (Belfast only).  This event is run in partnership with the Lagan Valley Regional Park


Tuesday 21st April and Wednesday 22nd April – Butterflies and Moths of Mourne

21st April, 1900 – 2100: We partner up with Mourne Heritage Trust for an evening learning all about the butterflies and moths of Mourne.  If you live in the Mourne area and are able to return the next morning you are welcome to borrow a moth trap to take home and run overnight

DATES COMING UP – More information coming soon!

BCNI Field Trip: Butterflies and Moths of Mourne Safari – 9th May

Balmoral Show – 13-15th May

Butterfly ID and Survey Techniques, RAPID, Claudy – 20th May

BCNI Field Trip: Cryptic Wood White Safari – 30th May

Bee-Curious pollinator event Craigavon – 13th June

White Park Bay Bioblitz – 20th June

BCNI/BNFC joint outing to Slievenacloy – 27th June

Murlough Bioblitz – 4th July

Big Butterfly Count 18th July – 9th August

BCNI Field Trip: Crom, Fermanagh – 1st August

Lagmore Glen Bioblitz 7/8th August

Ulster Wildlife Bioblitz at Cottage Farm, Omagh – 14/15th August

Ento 2015 – the Biggest Gathering of Entomologists in Britain and Ireland! Trinity College Dublin – 2-4th September

Moth Night 2015 10-12th September

The Conservation Volunteers

Download the TCV Biodiversity Training events PDF

Bumblebee Workshops 2015


and for information on how to register for these events.

Northern Ireland Bat Group

There are some great Bat related events happening around the country. Check out the Northern Ireland Bat Group website for more information and to book your place.