Clara marks International Bog Day

INTERNATIONAL Bog Day will take place on Sunday, July 31 at the Clara Bog Visitor Centre with bog activities starting at 12pm.

INTERNATIONAL Bog Day will take place on Sunday, July 31 at the Clara Bog Visitor Centre with bog activities starting at 12pm.

International Bog Day was first held in Scotland in 1991 on the last Sunday in July, to celebrate the beauty of bogs and to raise awareness of the need to conserve bogs.

To mark the day a number of events are organised across North America, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Events organised in Ireland to celebrate International Bog Day include the 2011 Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championships in Peatlands County Park, Co Armagh and events at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre organised by the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPC).

At the Clara Bog Visitor Centre International Bog Day will be marked by an introduction to moths and a guided walk exploring the flora of Clara Bog. National Parks & Wildlife Service staff from the Clara Bog Visitor Centre will lead the day’s events.

The introduction to moths will raise awareness of the annual moth survey undertaken by staff of the National Parks & Wildlife Service in late summer. An overview of their findings and trends to date along with conservation and habitat management measures employed to support moth populations will be discussed. From trapping through to identification the staff of the National Parks & Wildlife Service will be on hand to provide advice to budding moth enthusiasts.

A guided tour exploring the flora on Clara Bog will observe the diversity of plants that grow on the surface of the bog. As the bog habitat changes from wet and waterlogged to drier exposed peat surfaces so too will the plant species. On close inspection, view bog plants in their natural surroundings and plants that have adapted unique survival techniques for life on the bog.

For further information on International Bog Day events contact the Clara Bog Visitor Centre on 057 9368878 or email claraguides@environ.ie.