Peatlands – Ireland’s Climate Change Heros
Sunday 28th July, 1pm – 5pm. Free event
Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Ireland
Visit the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre and celebrate Ireland’s peatlands as climate change heros. Enjoy guided tours of the centre and fun nature activities, an information talk on the range of ecosystem services provided by Irish Peatlands, take part in a bogland walk and discover the variety of restoration activities IPCC have undertaken to support this site in reaching its potential as a terrestrial carbon store. There will be an opportunity for participants also to make a contribution towards reducing their carbon footprint by taking part in some restoration work.
Evening amble at Scohaboy Bog
Saturday 27th July, 7pm – 9pm
Scohaboy Bog SAC LIFE Site, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Bring yourself, your camera and most importantly – your curiosity for nature! We will go on a stroll along the boardwalk and see and share the biodiversity of Scohaboy.
The walk will will be led by Scohaboy Bog volunteers and is open to anyone who are interested to learn more or share knowledge about the fauna and flora of bogs, peatlands and other habitats associated with the site.
The Raised Bog restoration project at Scohaboy is one of the most successful community supported conservation and climate action projects of its kind in Ireland today. Join local volunteers in an evening amble through a landscape and ecological gem that has been 10,000 years in formation. For more information: www.facebook.com/scohaboybogcloughjordan/
*Note: Owing to the nature of the terrain, this event is not suitable for buggies or anyone with particular mobility issues. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and are in their care at all times.
Maryland Native Plant Society field trip: Howard’s Branch restoration site
Monday 29th July, 8am – 9am. Booking required
Maryland Native Plant Society are celebrating International Bog Day by visiting a world-renowned wetland restoration site (listed at number 11 of the most significant Earth Day Projects recognized by the Environmental News Network). Completed in 2001, Howard’s Branch wetland and stream enhancement project was designed to support the reintroduction of Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) by creating a seepage wetland in a degraded stream valley previously impounded for use as a drinking water reservoir. Some of the other natives we may see at the site are Sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana), Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia), Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua), sedges, iris, rushes and ferns. After we visit Howards Branch, we will return to the meeting place and if you have time, you can stick around to see another wetland and stream restoration site, Cabin Branch, which is about a 2 minute walk from the parking lot.
For more details see: www.mdflora.org/event-3489158
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