Events, Things To Do Kildare – Wildlife Watching, Bog Walks, Family Fun, Courses & Open Days

Take part in IPCC Events focusing on peatlands at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre and at various peatland reserves around Ireland. Welcome to Féile an Dúlra 2017Féile an Dúlra is supported by Kildare County Council under the Festival Grant Scheme.

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Screen Shot 2017-05-19 at 10.24.50Wed 24th May: Grand Canal Walk. 7.30pm. Meeting at the Grand Canal Bridge in Sallins at 7.30pm on Wednesday the 24th of May. The guided walk will explore the wonderful biodiversity along the canal including trees, wild flowers and even some live mini-beasts found beneath the water. For more information contact


World Environment Day 20206th June: World Environment Day. IPCC will be hosting a special event at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre. Now is your change to learn the top tips for wildlife gardening and give wildlife a space on your own patch. Register your interest at or call 045 860133.

Sunday 11th June 12-3pm: Large Heath Butterfly Monitoring Workshop. Large Heath croppedMeeting at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre at 11am, this butterfly monitoring workshop will take place on Lodge Bog, Co. Kildare and will be led by butterfly expert Jesmond Harding. The Large Heath butterfly is a rare butterfly that lives on bogs, it has been listed as vulnerable in the European Red List of butterflies due to loss of habitat. For this reason IPCC and the National Biodiversity Data Centre are setting up a national monitoring scheme for the species. This workshop will train participants to identify Large Heath butterflies and conduct species monitoring and habitat assessment.  Places are limited so please register your interest with Katie at or call 045 860133. This event is kindly funded by Kildare County Council under the Community Heritage Scheme 2017.


16th July: International Bog Day. Join IPCC and a host of other organisations for a day featuring the Historic Bog of Allen. This event will take place at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre from 12noon and will include a walk over the magical Bog of Allen, talks about the special wildlife of the area, a visit to the monastic ruins of Lullymore.  All welcome. Register your interest at or call 045 860133.

National_Heritage_Week_LOGO_2016_GREEN-2Sunday 20th August – 2pm-5pm. Open Day and Bog Walk. As part of Heritage Week  IPCC will host an open day at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre. The day will include a guided walk to Lodge Bog south-west to showcase the restoration and monitoring work on the site. IPCC will discuss how this work has enhanced the raised bog habitat for threatened species such as breeding Curlew and the Large Heath Butterfly. The event is free and will take place from 2-5pm. All welcome. This event is kindly supported by the Heritage Council. For more information contact us at or call 045 860133.

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 10.54.04Thursday 24th August – 11am-3pm. Marsh Fritillary Workshop. IPCC will host a volunteer training workshop on Lullymore West Bog as part of Heritage Week. The day will start with a talk on Marsh Fritillary at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre followed by a walk to Lullymore West Bog. The event will showcase the management work done on the site to enhance the habitat for the endangered Marsh Fritillary butterfly. IPCC will train citizen scientists in monitoring Marsh Fritillary larval nests and habitat condition assessment. Refreshments will be available at the bog of Allen Nature Centre. Strong footwear and rain coats are recommended. This is a free event and no booking required.  This event is kindly supported by the Heritage Council.  Register your interest at or call 045 860133.

Girley 10.15.21Sunday 27th August – 2pm-5pm. Girley Bog Safari. Meeting at Causey Farm, Forstown, Co. Meath. IPCC will lead a Safari through the different habitats identified on Girley Bog NHA as part of Heritage Week. The safari will follow the National Loop Walk around the site and there will be fun family activities along the way including butterfly, bird and plant identification. This is a free event and no booking required. This event is kindly supported by the Heritage Council. For more information contact us at or call 045 860133.

Coad BogSunday 27th August – 2pm-5pm. Outdoor Bog Laboratory on Coad Bog.  
Explore and paint Coad Bog’s heritage including butterflies, pond life, insect eating plants and habitats. There will also be an opportunity to discuss the draft management plan for the bog with the community and to showcase the work of restoring and monitoring the bog. Citizen scientists recruited will be introduced to the community. A hospitality tent will be constructed and refreshments will be provided. This is a free event and no booking required. This event is kindly supported by the Heritage Council. For more information contact us at or call 045 860133.

Bogs in the ClassroomSeptember: Back to school and it’s time to organise a trip to the Bog of Allen to study its flora and fauna, conservation issues and the various services bogs provide including storing carbon and water and providing opportunities for recreation. Download IPCC’s school visit leaflet for details and we will be happy to take your bookings and answer any questions you may have  at or call 045 860133.

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22nd September: Culture Night. Join IPCC at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre for a late opening cultural evening. An exciting event is planned and will be announced when we have the full details worked out. Register your interest at or call 045 860133.
world-space-week-logo-202x30014th  October: World Space Week. Join ipcc and guest astronomer Mr Terry Moseley for an astronomy evening at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre. Terry will be giving an illustrated talk about the moon which will be followed by an exploration of the night sky. The Bog of Allen Nature Centre and Lodge Bog are located in a dark skies area so during space week why not visit the bog and observe the night skies. There is a boardwalk and bench on the bog which is open to the public 24/7 so it is the perfect place to do some star gazing.

World-Animal-Day-logo-final-1700-pixels-wide4th October: World Animal Day.
Join IPCC for World Animal Day at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre from 10-4pm and celebrate the wonderful wildlife that lives in Ireland’s wetlands. Take a guided tour of our peatland museum whichwill include our “Dead Zoo” display where you can learn about the “Big 4” found on the Bog of Allen. The “Big 4” include the Otter, Fox, Hare and Badger. Find out about that other wildlife living on the bog and their amazing adaptations to this harsh environment. There will be fun nature activities for children including upon dipping and frog and newt searches. Admission is free, all welcome. For more information email or call 045 860133.

20th October: National Reuse Month.  Visit the Bog of Allen Nature Centre Logo-banner-with-CRNI-300x206during National Reuse Month and discover how to recycle your garden and kitchen wastes. Learn all about the different methods of composting and discover which method suits your needs with a demonstration in our wildlife gardens. Also with Christmas not to far away learn how to make beautiful gift boxes or Christmas cards from recycled gift cards. You can also contact us with any of your composting queries at or call 045 860133.

image15th November: National Science Week. Science Week is an annual national celebration of the life-changing and fascinating world of science.  Join the IPCC as we celebrate Science Week with a visit to Lullymore West Bog. Explore freshwater ecology and discover how to survey the invertebrate life in the freshwater habitats on Lullymore West. Identify invertebrates and compare species diversity in the different habitats including a man-made pond and a drainage ditch. If you wish to participate in this Science Week event please contact Katie at or call 045 860133.

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:

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