At the beginning of the 1980′s there was little talk of the conservation of peatlands of Ireland.  However in 1982 this was all to change.  Following a debate on the future of Irish bogs in University College Dublin the Irish Peatland Conservation Council was established.  This year the Irish Peatland Conservation Council celebrates its 30th anniversary.  You can be part of the action in 2012 by joining the Irish Peatland Conservation Council at one of their boggy events.

On the 16th February the first of many events for 2012 will be held at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore.  From 10am-1pm a children’s nature fun camp from 7-13 year olds will get the year off to a wild start.  Activities will include pond dipping, creepy crawlie search in the wildlife gardens and nature crafts.  Booking is essential for this event by calling the centre on 045-860133 or e-mailing bogs@ipcc.ie.

Highlights of the year will be the Irish Peatland Conservation Councils Family Date with Nature on the 20th May where IPCC staff and friends will be celebrating from dawn through to dusk the variety of biodiversity found around the Bog of Allen Nature Centre.  Another special date will be the 29th July celebrating International Bog Day.  Other weekend openings will include 23rd June and 26th August where the Bog of Allen Nature Centre will be open for the public to visit free of charge.

There is something for everyone from wildlife courses, open days and children’s fun camps included in the Irish Peatland Conservation Councils calendar of events for 2012.  You can explore the events by visiting www.ipcc.ie or contacting the centre on 045-860133.

Editors Notes:

The Irish Peatland Conservation Council is a charity which aims to conserve a representative portion of Irish Peatlands for future generations to enjoy.