Build your Bog Knowledge: understanding our peatlands webinar series

Connecting Communities with Peatlands is delighted to host this webinar series with the aim of supporting peatland communities in the Midlands to build on their knowledge, understanding, and engagement with peat bogs. At the end of the series, we will facilitate a visit to the bog to put some of your learning into practice!

Learning about the bog can be like learning a whole new language! Scientific phrases and terminology can be off-putting and make us feel like we don’t belong in the peatland-scape, but in fact, the opposite is true. In this series, we aim to make learning about peatlands easy to understand and enjoyable to learn about.

It’s a safe space to learn with a range of contributors: researchers, community groups, educators, and professionals. There is no such thing as a stupid question – you can guarantee someone else wants to ask the same question you’re thinking!

There are three contributors at each webinar and participants will be able to ask questions and interact with our speakers. Each webinar covers a different topic, so please register for those you are interested in – listed below.

Starting 5th April 7.30pm and running each week until 10th May. 

Come to one, come to all, you are most welcome.

Register here. 


Community Training Needs Assessment Workshops

Save the date! Upcoming workshops for community groups.

As part of Connecting Communities with Peatlands, we’re hosting workshops for community groups to assess community group training needs to engage with peatlands.

There will be eight, day-long workshops in November in each county in the Midlands.

06/11 – Bog of Allen Nature Reserve, Lullymore, Kildare

07/11 – Rathowen Community Centre, Rathowen, Co. Westmeath

13/11 – Bloom HQ, Mountrath, Co. Laois

14/11 – Clara Bog Visitor Centre, Clara, Co. Offaly

20/11 – TBC, Co. Longford

21/11 – Gorthaganny Community Centre, Gorthaganny, Co. Roscommon

27/11 – St. Kieran’s Hall, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary

28/11 – Parish Hall, Williamstown, Co.Galway

Please save the date that’s relevant to you.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

Launch Connecting Communities with Peatlands, Just Transition Fund Project

Official project launch will take place on Monday 18th October at 11.30am at Pollagh Community Centre, Pollagh, Co. Offaly.

Connecting Communities with Peatlands is a new initiative coordinated by Irish Rural Link and the Community Wetlands Forum, and funded by the National Just Transition Fund. The project seeks to provide transitioning supports to communities in the Midlands, particularly those that have been affected by the closure of the peat mining industry.

The project aims to support community engagement with peatlands by providing capacity-building training and workshops to community groups to develop projects with peatlands that are beneficial to their local areas and the environment.

Our Guidelines for Communities Managing Local Wetlands and Peatlands handbook will be published online and will be shared with stakeholders across the Midlands on the day of the launch. The Guidelines are an essential toolkit for any group looking to establish projects on their local peatland.

Speakers on the day include: Kieran Mulvey (Just Transition Commissioner), Aoife Kirk (Community Engagement Officer, Community Wetlands Forum), and Eamon Dunnican (Pollagh Heritage Group).

Register to attend by clicking here.

 Launch of Community Wetlands Forum Strategic Plan 2017-2020

President Michael D. Higgins will be guest of honour at an event in Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois on the 25th May, from 3pm-5pm hosted by the Community Wetlands Forum. The event is organised in the context of National Biodiversity Week 2017 and will highlight our society’s dependence on the natural environment for our food, our water, our health and our wealth. The Community Wetlands Forum will also launch their new Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020, a copy of which will be presented to President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins.

CWF Invite



Join Cabragh Wetlands for an evening of celebration

Cabragh Wetlands in Thurles, Co. Tipperary will be celebrating Samhan, the Celtic New Year on Monday 31st October at 8pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information about the event click here


Conservation Volunteer Work Group

Hosted by the Irish Wildlife Trust Laois Offaly branch.