MWM Bog Heritage Project. Presentation and Book Launch Coolronan Ecology Centre 15 Feb 2013. Introduction. This project was setup in Nov 2011 by a group of people in the locality.
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Presentation and Book Launch
Coolronan Ecology Centre
15 Feb 2013
by a group of people in the locality.
the group to be located in this building lease free for
local heritage and environmental issues
This is a long-term objective
Ballivor Bog was a raised bog that comprises an area of 7,000 acres
approx. Bord Na Móna have ownership and control of 5,500 acres
of the total.
The project group have had discussions with Bord Na Móna
to section an area within the area of bog under their control to be
sectioned off as part of a bog preservation and restoration project
Also to facilitate walkways /access through the bog
Native plants :Peat Forming Sphagnum Mosses ,Bog Bean, Deer Antler
Lichen, Butterwort, Sundew, Bog Cotton, Bell + Ling Heather,
Lichens, Cranberries, Bog Asphodel.
Native Animals: Fox, Hare, Deer, Bat
Native Amphibians: Otter, Newt , Common Frog
Native Birds : Red Grouse, Corncrake, Curlew, Merlin , Lapwing, Hen Harrier,
Skylark, Meadow, Pipit
And many varieties of Invertebrates: Slugs, Spiders, Moths, and butterflies,
Dragonflies, Damselflies ,Beetles
(List compiled from IPCC website)
public liability insurance etc Feb 2012
Lullymore, Co Kildare April 2012
Review Day, Lough Boora ,Co Offaly Jan 2013
objectives, Jan 2013
of Ballivor bog , only a section of Bord Na Mona bog as
develop and maintain
(Ref Irish Peatland Conservation Council )
Unfortunately, I smelled like rotten peat moss the
whole time and couldn't get a date in spite of my
eternally youthful looks.
In retrospect, it just wasn't worth the hassle
……Sometimes you can live in the bog too long
Bogs develop under conditions of low temperature, high acidity, low nutrient supply, stagnant water, and oxygen deficiency.
In addition to being a fuel source , bogs have other important functions
be readily achieved
In Abbeyleix Bog in 2009 , BNM worked with local community to restore water levels to promote peat forming vegetation
In Abbeyleix, BNM worked with IPCC (Irish Peatland Conservation council) , IPWS (Irish Parks and Wildlife service) and Laois Heritage on this project. A lease agreement has been put in place with the local community that passes responsibility to local community to manage the bog there.
This is the type of joint initiative that the MWM Bog Project has in mind to promote and sustain the bog.