iPAD Wetland Field Survey Database

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In conjunction with Wetland Surveys Ireland I have designed a field survey recording database to capture survey data electronically during the coming field season. The database was created in Filemaker Pro 11 and runs on the iPAD using Filemaker Go, a widely used App. 

The program has a series of layouts formatted for the iPAD, for use on a field survey, which utilises the touch screen functions of the pad and the drop down menu lists of Filemaker Go. The data entered then links through to a series of conventional database tables, from which site reports (PDF format) can be generated. Data can also be exported from the main database to Excel and other data format files.

It is hoped that this direct electronic data recording process will cut down on the time taken inputting data from conventional paper field survey cards after a typical survey and improve on data accuracy. 

New Irish Butterfly Book


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 Contains some 350 photographs, drawings, maps and charts will be shortly published by The Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club.Ireland’s Butterflies A Review. All thirty four species of butterflies regularly seen in Ireland with their eggs, larvae, pupae and distributions are described. The rarer vagrant butterflies to our shores are also illustrated. Site descriptions are complemented by a selection of photographs.

The various chapters include a history of the study of butterflies in Ireland, geology soils and climate, conservation, gardening for butterflies, species accounts, sites of interest and appendices with supplementary information.

Unique to this publication is the chapter on The Butterfly as an Insect which illustrates and details the behaviour, function and form of the butterfly.

Thanks to a variety of support we are able to offer this book at a very attractive price of €18 with a limited introductory offer of €15.

 ISBN 978 0 9530037 2 3. Hardback. All colour printing, 272 pages. Publication date late February / early-March 2012 

Further information is available at http://www.butterflyireland.com/book_orders.htm 

World Wetlands Day 2 February 2012

World Wetland Day is being marked a various locations throughout Ireland. 

Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee (IRWC)

County Buildings, Wicklow Town

At 11.00 am on Thursday 2nd Feb. to celebrate

World Wetlands Day on the theme

‘Wetlands, Leisure and Tourism’

with special guest and well known film maker

Eamon De Buitléar.

Tufa springs Magheramore

Tufa springs Magheramore, Co. Wicklow (Photo: Faith Wilson)

This event will showcase the Wicklow Wetlands Survey 2011 

undertaken by Faith Wilson and Peter Foss.

© Peter Foss 2012