In 2018 Lecale Conservation discovered that due to cut-backs the Department of Environment had discontinued the practice of its Rangers conducting a weekly count of butterflies on the Killard Nature Reserve between the end of March and September Annually.

Killard was the transect with the longest data record in Ireland, and as an area that has never been sprayed is an important indicator site for comparison with the rest of Ireland.

Lecale Conservation members ran courses in the Cable Bar in nearby Ballyhornan see pictures below and also on the Nature Reserve itself to create the ‘Killard Nature Reserve – butterfly walking group’, to join see their Facebook here.

Pictures include the training course around the nature reserve, and in Ballyhornan’s Cable Bar afterwards.