‘Beauty Of The Bogs’ Booklet To Explore Biodiversity Of Peatlands In Kerry

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Lisa Fingleton.

NEWKD Farm Families will launch a new booklet called ‘The Beauty of the Bogs’, exploring the biodiversity and beauty of the peatlands in North, East & West Kerry.

There are eight protected areas as well as expansive areas of bog in this region. The booklet gives an overview of the importance of bogs and is beautifully illustrated with images by photographer Rena Blake.

It was compiled by Lisa Fingleton with support from Nuala Madigan, Education Officer with the Irish Peatland Conservation Council.

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According to Lisa, “I feel that is a really important project as it highlights the unique and precious ecosystems of our bogs. Bogs provide habitats for a vast array of plants and animals and have a crucial role to play in terms of climate change and biodiversity loss. By understanding our bogs, we have a better chance of understanding how to protect them”.

Rena Blake says; “The beauty of the bogs here in Kerry is amazing and it was great to have the opportunity to photograph the unique plants that grow there such as spaghnum moss, matchstick lichen and bog cotton. I hope the photographs will encourage people to go out and visit the bogs throughout the year as they vary so much in every season.”

The booklet was designed by Elaine Foley and funded under the Peatlands Community Enhancement Programme.   It will be available online via the NEWKD website and hard copies will be available through Kerry Library and also available to order by schools: gerbrosnan@newkd.ie.  10 copies per school max.

It will be launched on February 8th 11.30am – 12.30pm online.

Speakers will include John Dalton Chairperson Farm Family Committee, Lisa Fingleton (author) and Nuala Madigan (Irish Peatland Conservation Council).

Please register in advance here https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsdOGhqjMqHNGs8wLN20vj-ELiph8neKiW

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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