About Us

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Irish Peatland Conservation Council

The Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) is best known for the save the bogs campaign in Ireland. Taking action for bogs and wildlife is what we do and we have had some major success stories over the past 35 years.

IPCC is an independent conservation organisation. Founded in 1982 the IPCC has run hundreds of projects involving thousands of people to conserve peatland heritage all over Ireland.

  • peatlands are bought and conserved
  • peatland wildlife is protected
  • teachers are trained and schools are visited and shown the bogs
  • developments are monitored on 1000 sites of conservation value

In Ireland we work with government, business and communities so that people and peatlands can live in harmony.

IPCC is a not-for-profit organisation with nearly 60% of our annual income donated by our dedicated supporters.

IPCC’s Mission

IPCC’s mission is to conserve a representative sample of the peatlands of Ireland for people to enjoy now and in the future.

That means we want to:

  • protect and enhance peatland habitat and biodiversity 
  • advocate for the wise use and management of natural peatland resources 
  • promote understanding, awareness and enjoyment of peatlands and wildlife

Our Core Values

We believe it’s important that an organization identify a set of values to help guide its work and fulfill its mission. To that end, IPCC has adopted the following values:

  • Supporting Natural Systems – We believe that conserving peatland habitat and natural ecosystems in perpetuity is critical to the future of wildlife and the people who share the land.
  • Respect for Others – We’re open to and we respect the views of everyone.
  • Species Protection – We place priority on conserving and protecting the native species and wildlife habitats of peatlands.
  • Landowner Responsibility – We involve landowners in our work as they are integral to the responsible stewardship of peatland habitat restoration and management.
  • Sources of Funding – We use funds from private donors and public agencies efficiently and responsibly.
  • Partnerships for Peatlands – We believe community groups working with public conservation agencies are critical to the future of peatlands.
  • Science-Based Conservation – We adopt policies based on scientific evidence.
  • Champion of Change – We are the independent watchdog and voice for all things peatland
  • Land Management – We make decisions that ensure peatlands and their ecosystem services are valued and managed wisely for the benefit of people and wildlife.
  • Innovation – we promote peatland management techniques that are efficient and produce long-term benefits for habitats and wildlife.
  • Quality of Life – We help people to make contact with the nature of peatlands to improve their quality of life.
  • Conservation Education – We share our knowledge and skills with children and communities promoting excellence in conservation education.

Legal Status

The Irish Peatland Conservation Council is a voluntary, non-governmental organisation, a Company Limited by Guarantee (No. 116156), with charitable status (CHY6829) founded in 1982. We are registered with the Charities Regulator (No. 20013547).

Staff and Supporters

IPCC have 4 members of staff,  100 volunteers and 2000 friends of the bog.

If  You Want a Word with Someone
Catherine O’Connell is our Chief Executive – contact at bogs@ipcc.ie
Tristram Whyte is our Conservation Policy and Fundraising Officer – contact at bogs@ipcc.ie
Nuala Madigan is our Environmental Education Officer – contact at bogs@ipcc.ie
Paula Farrell is our Campaign Officer – contact at bogs@ipcc.ie

Honorary Members of the IPCC
Her Royal Highness Princess Irene of the Netherlands, Pauline Bewick, Eanna Ní Lamhna, Don Conroy,  Drs. Matthijs Schouten, His Excellency Drs Adriaan Palm Netherlands Ambassador to Ireland.

Directors and Members of the IPCC Committee of Management 
Rachel Kavanagh, Company Secretary; Rachel Kavanagh, Martin Kelly, Kate Macnamara, Miriam Mooney, Catherine O’Connell and Seán Ó Fearghail are Directors.

Volunteers

Volunteers are encouraged to work with us. IPCC relies on volunteers to effectively manage and run the save the bogs campaign. At any one time we have 100 volunteers who work with us, helping with fundraising and the management of our reserves and properties.

Friends of the Bog

IPCC have 2,000 supporting  friends of the bog.

Child Safety

The IPCC promotes the safety and well-being of all children with whom we are in contact. Please refer to our IPCC Child Protection Statement and Policy.

Contact Details

The Irish Peatland Conservation Council can be contacted at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare, R51 V293, Ireland.
Tel: +353-45-860133; Email: bogs@ipcc.ie