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Orange Tip Butterfly


A walk in any direction at Lough Mardal involves encounters with wildlife. Located on beautiful bogland there is an extremely rich biodiversity. The landscape changes dramatically with the changing of the seasons from its blond and copper grasses in the Autumn & Winter to the vibrant greens, yellows, pinks and purples of the heathers and wildflowers in the Summer. Throughout the year it is teeming with wildlife - from the arrival of the Canada Geese, the Heron and Whooper Swans in early Spring, along with frogspawn in the soggy ditches along the lakeshore and the darting blue damselflies, dragonflies and butterflies.

When the Summer is at its peak we can go wild Billberry and Blackberry picking in late Summer (in between lake dips) before the return of the beautiful Autumnal colours and crunch of leaves underfoot. The natural environment is in constant flux and for the nature-lovers among us there is never a dull moment. We have dedicated a full page to the unique flora and fauna on Our Precious Bogland as it deserves a page all to itself. The purpose of this page is to log discoveries and sightings throughout the year for those who, like us, share a grá for nature.


Nature Gallery