Coolronan Bog Project. Presentation to Ballivor Renaissance Group and community 7 March 2012. Introduction. This project was setup in Nov 2011 by a group of 5 local people. With backing of local community and interested organisations, it is hoped to
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Presentation to BallivorRenaissance Group and community
7 March 2012
by a group of 5 local people.
With backing of local community and
interested organisations, it is hoped to
commence a bog restoration project
which will target a number of objectives
Bord Na Móna have ownership and control of 6,000 acres approx of this
organisations to section an area of 150 to 200 acres to allow be developed as
part of a bog restoration project .
of Cutaway section to start a process to restore this part of the bog to its natural
state. One of the main attractions in this section is the ruin of a house which dates
back to famine times and which was lived in up to the 1950’s
Native plants : Peat Forming Sphagnum Mosses ,Bog Bean, Deer Antler
Lichen, Butterwort, Sundew, Bog Cotton,, Bell Heather,
Lichens, Cranberries, Bog Asphodel.
Native Animals: Fox, Hare, Deer, Bat
Native Amphibians: Otter, Common Frog, Lizard
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
If the project can proceed , there is an opportunitytosupport
existing businesses in the locality eg
minibus operators who would benefit by visitors to the area
of Coolronan bog , only a section of Bord Na Mona bog as
Location of bog section proposed as per map next slide
to discuss options for bog restoration
This group is a voluntary body that have carried
out significant research already into the ecological
state of Irish bogs.
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 Coolronan Bog Project has in mind to promote and sustain the bog.
In addition to being a fuel source , bogs have other important functions
be readily achieved
Peat is rich in fossil carbon, removed from the atmosphere by
plants and accumulated over thousands of years.
Drainage and destruction of raised bogs results in the rapid
loss of the stored carbon in the form of greenhouse gases
(carbon dioxide and methane), as the peat decomposes.