Join the Irish Peatland Conservation Council in Celebrating National Heritage Week 2023
National Heritage Week 2023 runs from August 12th to 20th, and to celebrate the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) will be holding several events that are open to the public. The theme for this year’s National Heritage Week is ‘Living Heritage’, which represents practices, knowledge, and skills that have been passed down through generations, right through to the present day. To acknowledge this theme, the IPCC’s events will focus on sharing knowledge and skills that are essential for peatland conservation and management.
On Saturday, August 12th, the IPCC will be holding an event on Lodge Bog, where IPCC staff will provide education and perform demonstrations on key skills for monitoring peatlands, including how to monitor a bog’s water table, how to determine the depth of peat in a bog, and how to block a drain. This event will run from 11am to 1pm. All participants should meet at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre (eircode: R51 V293) at 11am.
Also on Saturday, August 12th, the IPCC will be holding an event at Girley Bog, Co. Meath, from 2pm to 4pm, during which IPCC staff will be providing education and instruction on how Sphagnum moss can be transferred onto areas of bare peat. Sphagnum moss is a key plant necessary for the creation of peat, and its transfer onto areas of bare peat can help revegetate and protect boglands. Those interested in attending should meet at Girley Hall (eircode: C15 PV21) at 2pm.
On Tuesday, August 15th, at 11am the IPCC will be hosting a walk and talk to its butterfly reserve in Lullymore West. During this event, the IPCC staff will explain the process of managing and monitoring a butterfly reserve, including approaches for performing habitat assessment and management and for surveying for butterfly species. Individuals interested in attending should meet at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre (eircode: R51 V293) at 11am.
Those interested in attending any of our events should bring waterproof footwear and suitable outdoor clothing. Bringing suncream and a rain jacket is also advised.
More information on upcoming events can be found at www.ipcc.ie/events/ or at www.heritageweek.ie. These events are kindly supported by the Heritage Council’s Heritage Capacity Fund and Meath County Council under the Heritage Grant Scheme 2023.