Events

Irish Peatland Conservation Council Wildlife Watching, Bog Walks, Family Fun, Courses & Open Days

Screenshot 2022-04-20 at 11.07.23In partnership with Kildare County Council and the Irish Environmental Network in 2024 Féile an Dúlra, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council’s (IPCC) Festival of Nature focusing on peatlands and biodiversity will be hosted at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre and nationwide.   To follow you will find some upcoming events that you can take part in:

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World Wetlands Day 2nd February 2024 – Take action for wetlands on World Wetlands Day by joining the IPCC for a scrub management event on Lodge Bog, Co. Kildare between 10am-1pm.  Participants should meet at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre (R51V293) and wear strong footwear.  If you cannot join us you can still take action for wetlands by  becoming a citizen scientist by submitting your observation of the various stages of the Common Frog lifecycle to the 2024 Hop To It Frog Survey. Further information contact The IPCC on 045-860133 or e-mail bogs@ipcc.ie

World Curlew Day 21st April 2024 – Join The IPCC for a bog walk
to Lodge bog to Screen Shot 2019-12-17 at 15.45.01watch and listen for the iconic Curlew.  The Curlew has experienced a 98% decline in populations since the 1980’s.  The IPCC manage Lodge Bog for a pair of Curlew that visit the site annually.  Meet at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre (R51V293) at TBC.  Participants should wear strong footwear and appropriate outdoor clothing.  Light refreshments will be available at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre following the walk and talk.

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Celebrating National Biodiversity Week with the Irish Peatland Conservation Council 17th-26th ay 2024.  All events are free to the public.

Lodge Bog walk and talk 18th May 2024 – Join The IPCC for a bogland walk and talk exploring the fascinating peatland plants and their adaptations to their wet and wild bogland habitat.  Meet at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre (R51V293) 10am.  IPCC recommend participants wear strong footwear and appropriate outdoor clothing.  Light refreshments at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre following the walk and talk and fun pond dipping activity for young participants.

IMG_20221011_141844Girley Bog walk and talk 18th May 2024 – Join The IPCC for a bogland walk and talk exploring the fascinating peatland plants and their adaptations to their wet and wild bogland habitat.  Meet at the Girley Hall (C15 PV21) 10am.  IPCC recommend participants wear strong footwear and appropriate outdoor clothing.

Lullymore West butterfly walk and talk 20th May 2024 –
Join The IPCC for a marsh fritillary 1butterfly walk and talk to Lullymore West Bog.  Butterflies are indicators to environmental quality and Lullymore West is home to 26 of Ireland’s 35 butterfly species.  Meet at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre (R51V293) 11am.  IPCC recommend participants wear strong footwear and appropriate outdoor clothing.  Light refreshments at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre following the walk and talk and fun pond dipping activities for young participants.

Gardening for Biodiversity 23rd May – The Bog of Allen Nature Centre will be open from 10am-4pm with free admission all day.  Join one of The IPCC guided garden biodiversity walks at 11am, 1pm or 3pm as the IPCC share how they have created a haven for biodiversity from a concrete yard following the ethos choosing peat-free and chemical-free.  Light refreshments will be available.

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World Environment Day 5th June 2024 – World Environment Day is a global celebration, with the theme focusing on land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience in 2024.  Choosing peat free in your gardenswill ensure peatlands can be restored for nature conservation and enable the water storage function of peatland habitat once again.  The Bog of Allen Nature will be open free of charge from 10am -4pm with compost talks hosted in the wildlife gardens at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.  Light refreshments will be available.

bog-day_logo-redlime_rgb3International Bog Day 28th July 2024 – Join The IPCC for a day to celebrate bogs at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre from 12 noon-4pm.  Full event details will be announced in May.

UnknownNational Heritage Week 17th-25th August – The 2024 National Heritage Week theme invites you to explore the ways we are connected to each other through physical or cultural connections.  IPCC will be hosting a number of events during this week with event details announced in June.

Screenshot 2023-07-11 at 13.11.04Culture Night 20th September 2024 – Join The IPCC for a late night opening at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre event details to be announced in June.

All year IPCC offer citizen science skill-sharing days – e-mail bogs@ipcc.ie to be added to the volunteer contact list where you will receive an email for all skill-sharing days.

You can follow us on Facebook for further information and photographs as the events take place.

Contact Us

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

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