Welcome to the website of Abbeyleix Bog Project. Abbeyleix Bog is situated on the southern periphery of Abbeyleix town and encompasses an area of almost 500 acres of diverse habitats including degraded (but recovering) raised bog, lagg, cutaway, wet carr woodland and meadows. The Abbeyleix Bog Project (ABP) stemmed from a local action which was established in 2000 to conserve and protect the bog which was threatened with harvesting for peat moss. 

    Following negotiations with Bord Na Móna, a lease was signed in 2010 which handed the bog over to the local community to manage for a period of 50 years with a primary focus on conservation. The ABP now wishes to develop the identified opportunities for sustainable development using a Community-Based Natural Resource Management approach in order to maximise its benefits to the local community in terms of education, employment, income and recreation.

    Click here to see short Documnetary on Abbeyleix Bog

    Dr Fiona McGowan Introduces the bog