During the summer we have a regular programme of Field Trips throughout Northern Ireland that are led by subject experts. There is at least one long Field Trip of general interest to a region of Ireland (and occasionally beyond) each summer.

A special Members' Night in late spring provides an illustrated review of the previous Summer Programme and a look forward to the coming season.

We also run a series of evening Winter Lectures usually on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the lecture theatre at the Ulster Museum, Stranmillis.

Following the Annual Fungus Foray, the Conversazione in October gives members an opportunity to display items of their own - photographs, sketches, specimens, etc. - for which two prizes (Junior and Senior) are awarded.

We occasionally run introductory courses and workshops on such topics as archaeology, plant identification,botany, fossils, rocks, and minerals, etc.

The Sectional Secretaries record club activities and accounts are published each year in the Annual Proceedings. Field Trip Reports are available on the website.

A dinner is held every two years, (with a guest speaker).

The Club encourages original research - for example, the Urban Flora of Belfast by Stan Beesley and John Wilde (published in 1997 by the Institute of Irish Studies) was the culmination of three year's intensive recording by many dedicated members

Castle Espie

Botanic Gardens, Belfast



Treasure Hunt winners

Annual Conversazione


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Bushmills, Dundarave 6th April 2014 - Botany/Zoology, led by David McNeill.

June 2014, Long Field Trip to North Mayo.

Looking back...

Summer 2017 Programme

May 6th - Carrickmore

May 9th - Members’ Night

May 20th - Rathlin Island

May 23rd - Oakfield Glen

June 3rd - Portmore Lough

June 6th - Black Mountain

June 10th - Mountstewart

June 15th-19th - Isle of Man

June 24th - Slievenacloy

July 25th - Newtownards Building Stones

July 29th - Coney Island,

Lough Neagh

August 5th - Murlough

August 8th - Belfast Buildings

August 12th - 13th

Fermanagh and South Donegal

August 19th - Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy/Waterfoot

Sept 5th - Rock identification

Sept 16th - The Cavan Burren

Sept 30th - Belvoir Forest