National Heritage Week 2022
Cloonlarge Bog Walk and Moth ID
Kilteevan Tidy Towns, in partnership with Connecting Communities with Peatlands and National Parks and Wildlife Service, invites you to a bog walk and moth identification event for National Heritage Week on Cloonlarge Bog on Saturday 20th August.
For the past five years, Kilteevan Tidy Towns with the support of bog owners, landowners, stakeholders, and the local community developed the Cloonlarge Loop Walking/Cycling Trails. Cloonlarge Bog is part of Lough Ree Special Area of Conservation. They reopened former bog roads and integrated them into the existing road infrastructure and developed 5km/7km or 10km walks around Kilteevan bogs.
Kilteevan Tidy Towns’ actions to engage the community with their bog is a great example of community-led initiatives to develop a recreational facility in the area while promoting the importance of the bog for biodiversity and the environment.
On the bog walk you will meet members of the community who worked to complete numerous projects, installations, and publications and learn about how they achieved it. You will also meet the conservation rangers to learn about the restoration works on the bog, and delve into the world of moths with the opening of a moth trap and identifying these misunderstood creatures.
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Bog Walk and Talk on Shanakyle Bog
Shanakyle Bog Restoration Project, in partnership with Connecting Communities with Peatlands, invite you to join them for a walk and talk on Shanakyle Bog on Saturday 20th August. The habitat restoration and enhancement European Innovation Partnership (EIP) project began in June 2021. Targeted rewetting of the bog including the installation of peat bunds and peat dams of raised and cutover bog began in October 2021 and was completed in December 2021. It is the first raised bog restoration and rewetting project to be carried out in Co. Clare.
There is a lot to be learned from this project for communities living near to raised bog – the rewetting and restoration process, habitat and biodiversity enhancement, and the benefits they bring to our ecosystem and communities.
Shanakyle Bog is located near Parteen, Co. Clare. It is approximately 70 acres in extent, of which 30 acres was subject to restoration and rewetting work by Shanakyle Bog Restoration Group in 2021. The bog was managed for domestic turf cutting in the past with peat extraction peaking during the 1940s. Turf cutting has not been practiced in over 40 years on the bog and some sections of the bog regenerated to form active raised bog (ARB) on cutover characterised by Sphagnum lawns which give rise to a spectacular display of colours.
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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.
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.
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.