Bog walk on Old Military Road to celebrate International Bog Day

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International Bog Day is celebrated around the world on the fourth Sunday in July – this falls on 28th July in 2019. This annual event has been designed to celebrate the beauty of bogs and to help make people more aware of peatlands, the services they provide for free, and the threats they face. 

Bogs are not only beautiful, dramatic landscapes, full of inspiring wildlife, but also provide us with some very useful services, vital to our own survival. Their protection is necessary to avoid adverse economic and environmental impacts. 

To celebrate International Bog Day took a walk along the Dublin Wicklow County boundary today to explore some of the cutover bog in the Feather Beds Bog just off the Old Military Road. Best find of the day was the "living cactus"... or should I say the caterpillar of the emperor moth. Beautiful breezy weather, delicious fraochans and views that never cease to impress. 

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Take the County Monaghan Wetland Tour

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The new online story map forms part of the County Monaghan Heritage Series publication “Monaghan’s Wonderful Wetland” being launched today. The County Monaghan Wetland Tour is an initiative of the Heritage Office, Monaghan County Council. 

The wetland locations shown in this interactive online tour are sites in Co. Monaghan open to public that have various facilities including parking, paths, fishing stands (may require license), information signs, longer walking routes or a visitor centre. 

The story map brings you on an informative tour of 23 wetlands around Monaghan where you can learn more about these fascinating habitats. These sites have a variety of visitor facilities including parking, paths, boardwalks, exhibitions and information signs, that will help you enjoy a visit to these magical places, and learn more about wetlands and their value to people and wildlife. The map is based on a selection of wetlands shown on the Map of Irish Wetlands. 

The story map includes map location information, a brief summary of what you can discover at the sites, a summary of facilities at each location, and a link to further information, opening times and more.

To access the story map go to the link shown below:


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All Ireland Pollinator Plan in action

Over a 1000 orchids in Rathcoole Park, Dublin today thanks to All Ireland Pollinator Plan and South Dublin County Council implementation of this fantastic initiative

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Thanks to SDCC implementation of the NBDC All Ireland Pollinator Plan in Rathcoole Park, near Saggart in Co. Dublin the large unmown meadows in the park were a sea of over 1000 Common Spotted Orchids (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) along with a few Pyramidal Orchid. And invertebrates are benfitting... Meadow Brown, Tortoishell, Painted Lady Butterflies and Burnet moths and a host on other bugs were seen in these areas. The place was just buzzing... and simply stunning.  

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Monaghan’s Wonderful Wetlands. A natural and cultural heritage exploration

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The County Monaghan Heritage Office today launched the first in a new County Heritage Series publication entitled “Monaghan’s Wonderful Wetland” in the perfect setting - the Ballybay Wetlands Centre in Co. Monaghan. The publication was jointly funded by The Heritage Council and Monaghan County Council.

I was delighted to have been part of this project, which celebrates the natural and cultural value of our wild wetlands, and the fascinating wetlands that occur in County Monaghan. The book is fully illustrated throughout, and contains information on wetland habitats and species, their cultural importance, information on wetland place-names and where to visit wetlands in County Monaghan.

An online story map detailing wetlands to visit in Monaghan, which accompanies the book, can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/MonaghanWetlands

The book is available from Easons and other bookshops in Monaghan, or from the Heritage Office, Monaghan County Council, cost 6 Euo.

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