Following each of the Summer Field Trips, the Sectional Secretaries make a report. Where reports are available, you can view them by clicking the links.

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Bogbean gets its English name from the resemblance of its leaves to those of Broad Beans. The pretty fringed pink and white flowers appear in boggy pools in spring. 

The leaves have a bitter taste  and were used to flavour beer and treat rheumatism; the seeds were regarded as a cure for colds and coughs.

It is still used in Co Donegal to "clear the blood" and as a treatment for acne.

The whole plant is dug up in March, washed in running water to remove the mud and boiled; the longer it is boiled the stronger the potion.

The resulting liquid tastes horrid but is reported to be beneficial. It is advertised for sale in local papers.


(Menyanthes trifoliata)

Summer 2017

Summer 2016

Oxford Island

Orlock Report 2016.pdf

Belshaw's Quarry 2016.pdf

Whitepark Bay

Gobbins & Brown's Bay 2016.pdf

Murlough Nature Reserve

Field Trip to Sligo


Copeland Bird Observatory 2016.pdf

Belfast Harbour Estate and RSPB Minnowburn

Presidential Visit to Downpatrick

Whyte Estate and Newry Canal 2015.pdf

The Building Stones of Belfast

Belfast Cemetery

Downhill and Benvenagh

Crumlin Road Gaol

Ballinderry Hatchery & Tullyhogue Fort

Fungus Foray


Orlock Point

Rathlin Island


Swifts - Nov 2017.pdf

Summer 2018

Tropical Ravine

Minnowburn Tree Planting 2018.pdf

Ulster Folk Museum

Ballymacormick Point, Groomsport.pdf

Bellaghy and Waterfoot.pdf




Kiltonga Nature Reserve.pdf

Swifts at the Crescent (cancelled)

Kildare Field Trip.pdf

Cultra, Helen's Bay.pdf



City Cemetery

Kearney and Exploris.pdf

GSNI Core Store.pdf

Fungus Foray, Hillsborough.pdf

Seeds for the Future

Ballymacormick Point