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The Raised Bogs of Ireland

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The Map of Irish Wetlands team have created an exciting new on-line story map ‘The Raised Bogs of Ireland' to help you find out more about the most important conservation worthy peatlands around the country. Ireland has a high proportion of the total EU resource of raised bog (over 50%) and so has a special responsibility for their conservation at an international level.

The story map brings you on an informative tour of 53 raised bog Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and the 75 raised bog Natural Heritage Areas (NHA) where you can learn more about these fascinating peatland habitats. The story map includes and introduction to the SAC and NHA raised bog network, map location information for these raised bogs; the designated site boundary; a brief summary of the habitat and species of interest on the site; restoration work which has been undertaken on the sites under EU LIFE projects; and NPWS site code. The raised bogs which are open to the public and include information signs and a boardwalk are also highlighted. 

Included on the new raised bog story map are peatlands such as Clara Bog, Girley Bog, Scohaboy Bog, Carn Park Bog, Cloonshanville Bog, all of which have visitor access, together with the other sites being conserved throughout the country.

The story map is based on a selection of sites included in the Map of Irish Wetlands. The Map of Irish Wetlands has been created by Dr Peter Foss and Dr Patrick Crushell and shows the location of more than 12,700 wetland sites in Ireland.

According to Peter Foss “The raised bog story map was developed to highlight the occurrence and value of raised bogs throughout the country, increase awareness amongst the general public of these fascinating wild wetland habitats, and bring information relating to our raised bogs into a single easily accessible resource”.

The Map of Irish Wetlands and the Raised Bogs of Ireland story map have been developed and made available to the public free of charge without the assistance of any public funding.

Link to The Raised Bogs of Ireland story map:

http://bit.ly/raisedbogs

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Milltownpass Bog NHA, Co. Westmeath

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The liverwort, Odontoschisma sphagni growing on a Sphagnum magellanicum hummock. 

Cloncrow Bog NHA, Co. Westmeath survey finds

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Wild cranberries were common in two flush area on the high bog surface. 

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Wild cranberries were common in two flush area on the high bog surface. 


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Marsh Fritillary caterpillars located on the cutover adjacent to Cloncrow Bog. 

Cashel Bog NHA, Co Leitrim recent ecotope survey photographs

Some photographs from the Cashel Bog Co Leitrim ecotope survey. Photographs show areas of active raised bog with sub central bog communities dominated by Sphagnum. 

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Lichen find on Cashel Bog NHA, Co. Leitrim


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Cold and wet on Cashel Bog NHA during the recent survey of site, but the lichens did not seem to mind. Especially like the raised bog high rise living lichen specimen. A noteworthy find was the lichen Cladonia cervicornis subsp. verticillata, recorded at only two other locations in Ireland.  


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Little Egret shuffling on the River Poddle

Did some bird watching today of Little Egret and his fishing behaviour on the River Poddle in Tallaght. Was interesting to see the bird kick or shuffle its feet under the bank edge to try and chase out any fish hiding there (can see this action in the last photograph).

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Update of the Map of Irish Wetlands 2018

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As part of the joint project to map Ireland's wetlands, with Wetland Surveys Ireland, a revised Map of Irish Wetlands for the entire country has just been uploaded to the Google map platform. A variety of new data sources, site descriptions and photographic images for the wetlands shown has been included in the 2018 revised map. 

The location of 12,731 wetland sites are shown on the Map of Irish Wetlands, together with information on known and potential wetland habitats on these sites. 

4,065 wetland sites are now illustrated with site photographs.

3,753 wetland sites include a summary description based on surveys and reports.

Further background information on the Map of Irish Wetlands project can be found here

During 2018 we hope to further refine and expand the information on wetlands displayed on the Map of Irish Wetlands, and welcome your information and photographs for the wetlands shown on the map.  

Counties Longford & Roscommon Wetland Study 2017

The results of the Counties Longford & Roscommon Wetland Study 2017 have recently been published. The survey was commissioned by Longford and Roscommon County Councils and undertaken by ecologists from Wetland Surveys Ireland and Foss Environmental Consulting. The survey aimed to identify all wetland areas in the two counties to better inform land use planning and sustainable development strategies.

Wetlands can be defined as areas of land that are wet enough for long enough to support a variety of plants and animals that are specially adapted to wet conditions. These wetland areas in Longford and Roscommon include a range of wildlife habitats such as raised and cutover bogs, marshes, swamps, turloughs, wet woodlands, lakes and ponds.

By carrying out a review of digital maps and previous studies, and undertaking an aerial photographic and subsoil analysis of the two counties the Counties Longford & Roscommon Wetland Study identified thirty two wetland habitat types occurring in 676 individual sites in Roscommon and 281 sites in Longford. As part of the study of the two counties, information on these wetlands has been collated into wetland map dataset.

Preliminary site boundaries have been mapped for wetland sites identified during the study, providing an estimate of the extent of wetlands within these counties. The area of wetland sites mapped in Longford covered an area of 203 km2 (18.6% of land area) while wetland sites in Roscommon covered an area of 580 km2 (21.9% of land area).

The report highlights the absence of detailed information on many sites and the urgent need for targeted field surveys to gain a better understanding of the wetland resource within the county and to ensure that those sites of highest importance are protected.

The Counties Longford & Roscommon Wetland Study 2017 is an action of the County Longford & Roscommon Heritage and Biodiversity Plans. The reports is available from the Heritage Office in Longford and Roscommon County Councils.

Ireland’s Fabulous Fens


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At Wetland Surveys Ireland and Foss Environmental Consulting we have been surveying, studying and researching fen habitats throughout Ireland for over twenty years. We have recently developed a story map to share some of our fascination with these wonderful Irish wetlands. The map is a compilation of stunning images taken from Irish fens giving you an insight into this lesser known and rarely seen part of the Irish landscape.

Fens are a unique type of peatland that form an important part of the Irish landscape. They help regulate and clean our water supply, support a rich variety of wild plants and animals, and can even tell us about our past history. With so much in their favour, it is surprising that fens are one of the least studied and lesser known Irish habitats.

The story map brings you on an informative tour focusing on four main themes;

·      Background to fen habitats where you can learn of their origin, development, and ecology

·      Biodiversity value of fens and the various plant and animal species they support

·      The importance of conserving Irish Fens

·      Fen sites to visit in your locality many of which are open to the public with various facilities


Ireland’s Fabulous Fens story map was created by Dr Peter Foss as part of the Map of Irish Wetlands project. To learn more about Irish fens and see the spectacular images click on the following link:

http://bit.ly/IrishFens


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Distribution map of fens in Ireland based on data help in the Map of Irish Wetlands.

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Additional information on the abundance of the different known and potential fen types in Ireland based on data help within the Map of Irish Wetlands.

Fen type & Number of known and potential sites identified in the Map of Irish Wetlands:

  • Alkaline fen  659
  • Cladium fen  196
  • Transition Mire 541
  • Poor Fen 643
  • Calcareous springs 222
  • Non-Calcareous springs 45


(Note: a fen site can contain more than one fen type)

Information for the wetlands included in the story map comes from information held in the Map of Irish Wetlands. The Map of Irish Wetlands has been created by Dr Peter Foss and Dr Patrick Crushell and shows the location of more than 12,600 wetland sites in Ireland. The map has been developed and made available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to visit some other wetland you can check out the story map Wetlands to Visit Around Ireland. The story map brings you on an informative tour of 40 wetlands around Ireland where you can learn more about these fascinating habitats.

Link to 'Wetlands to Visit Around Ireland' story map:

http://arcg.is/2kWtYY8


Discover Ramsar Wetlands in the Republic of Ireland


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The story map brings you on an informative tour of 45 designated Ramsar sites in the Republic of Ireland. The Ramsar Convention entered into force in Ireland on 15 March 1985. Since then Ireland has designated 45 sites as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 66,994 hectares. This intergovernmental treaty embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the “wise use”, or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories.

This information tour of the designated Ramsar sites around Ireland includes map location information, a brief summary of species and habitats of interest that resulted in the Ramsar designation, and information on whether sites are open to visitors.

The Ramsar Wetlands in the Republic of Ireland story map was created by Dr Peter Foss and Dr Patrick Crushell from information on these wetlands included in the Map of Irish Wetlands, which shows the location of more than 12,600 wetland sites in Ireland. The map and the latest story map have been developed and made available to the public free of charge without the assistance of any public funding.

According to Dr.  Foss “The Irish Ramsar sites represent some of the finest wetland in the country and a spectrum of the different wetland types that occur in Ireland. They are indispensable for the countless benefits or “ecosystem services” that they provide humanity, ranging from freshwater supply, food and building materials, biodiversity, flood control, groundwater recharge, and climate change mitigation.”

So if you would like to learn more about Ireland’s Ramsar wetlands, all you have to do to access the story map is go to the link shown below:

http://arcg.is/2tPjHAB

Footnote:

Information for the story map comes from information held in the Map of Irish Wetlands. The Map of Irish Wetlands has been created by Dr Peter Foss and Dr Patrick Crushell and shows the location of more than 12,600 wetland sites in Ireland. The map has been developed and made available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to visit some other wetland you can check out the story map Wetlands to Visit Around Ireland. The story map brings you on an informative tour of 40 wetlands around Ireland where you can learn more about these fascinating habitats.

Links to ‘Wetlands to Visit Around Ireland' story map:

http://arcg.is/2kWtYY8


© Peter Foss 2012