The Living Bog was the largest raised bog restoration project ever undertaken in the state to date. Its aim to improve over 2,600 hectares of important raised bog habitat undertook to work on 12 bogs across 7 counties and was funded by EU LIFE Nature and Biodiversity funding and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and the National Parks and Wildlife Services. The restoration period originally scheduled for 2016 – 2020 received a prolongation of the project to run to the end of 2021 due to the impacts of Covid 19. This has developed with the addition of 2 more project sites and added to deliverable targets set out in the original agreement.
‘The Living Bog’ project aim was to improve over 2,600 hectares of important raised bog habitat, bringing back a habitat which supports hundreds of plants and species, and many of Ireland’s rarest animals, birds and insects. However, it has restored even more than that, with the thrust of restoration work taking place between 2018 – 2020, bringing over 3,000 ha back to life.
The project ends in March 2022 following an extension received due to the COVID19 pandemic. But its legacy will live on as the Irish Government, working in tandem with the European Commission, will continue to restore peatlands across the country building upon experiences gained through this LIFE project.
The Living Bog End of Project LIFE Conference will showcase the methodologies used for concrete conservation actions, show results of those restoration works, capture the stakeholder and community engagement, and highlight the need for awareness and benefits of education schools programme.
This event is a free 2 day showcase with virtual presentations on day 1 and long awaited site visits on day 2 to a selection of our project sites in the midlands showing first-hand examples of our amazing restoration works and results.