Abbeyleix Bog has been chosen as one of six sites nationally to host the Local BioBlitz Challenge, which is being supported by the National Biodiversity Data Centre on Saturday, June 8.
The Abbeyleix Bog Management Committeeo have leased the bog from Bord na Mona and are currently managing the site for its biodiversity, amenity and educational value.
This will be a family-friendly event and will be perfect for young and old who have an interest in sorting dragonflies from damselflies or chaffinches from meadow pipits.
On Friday night at 9.30 pm Peadar Lynch & Regional Staff of National Parks and Wildlife Service will talk about Moth Trapping, Bat Detecting and Dusk Wildlife.
Early risers can enjoy a Dawn Chorus walk at 5am, while later that morning Tadhg O’Corcora from the Irish Peatland Conservation Council will guide walk looking for wildlife and pond dipping.
At 2pm, kids aged seven and older can be a bog detective with Mary Healy & Theresa Kelly (Clara Bog Visitor Centre, National Parks and Wildlife Service)
While at 3pm it’s time for Chasing Butterflies and Dragonflies with Annemarieke Van Der Voort, Clare Coffey & Mark Slattery (Abbeyleix Bog Project)
For more information and a full schedule of events see the AbbeyleixBog Facebook page or their website www.abbeyleixbog.ie.