News and events

Rhododendron Conservation Work Group - Jan 2015

posted Dec 27, 2014, 5:30 AM by Abbeyleix Bog

The first Conservation Work Group for 2015 will take place on Saturday,31st January 2015 in conjunction with IWT Laois/Offaly Branch and Groundwork. The aim of the day will be to sweep an area adjacent to the old railway, remove the smaller and manageable rhododendron saplings and trees, and map the bigger clusters for cutting and removal later on. See the document attached for details - Rhodo Bash Poster.pdf

Review 2014

posted Dec 27, 2014, 5:20 AM by Abbeyleix Bog   [ updated Dec 27, 2014, 5:35 AM ]

Abbeyleix Bog Project had an excellent 2014. Here's a short summary of all the actions, events, activities and projects of the year - ABP Review 2014.pdf

Official opening of our boardwalk

posted Aug 14, 2014, 7:30 AM by Abbeyleix Bog

You are cordially invited

to attend the official opening of our



Dr John Feehan

Date: Thursday, 28 August 2014

 Venue: Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix, Co Laois - Time: 2pm


Our Boardwalk was built by our volunteers and our wider community to help you walk out onto our bog and enjoy our local biodiversity and natural landscapes. All are welcome to visit us in Abbeyleix and join us in our celebration. Walk with us.

Bumblebee and Butterfly Monitoring Workshop

posted Aug 5, 2014, 5:51 AM by Abbeyleix Bog   [ updated Aug 18, 2014, 7:06 AM ]

Please visit and learn all about monitoring bumblebees and butterflies!

13th August 2014, 10am,

Venue: Heritage House Abbeyleix, Co. Laois and afterwards at Abbeyleix Bog.

All are welcome, a free event, please bring suitable outdoor clothing, footwear and your lunch.

Monitoring bumblebees and butterflies

Monitoring bumblebee and butterfly populations is an important means of measuring change in the environment.  It is also a useful way that both professional ecologists and volunteers can contribute to the conservation of insects, the majority of Irish biodiversity!  Dr. Tomás Murray of the National Biodiversity Data Centre will introduce the biology and the species of Irish bumblebees and butterflies, and provide training on how to monitor both groups of pollinators according to international standards.  You’ll also get to spend a few hours in the field honing your identification skills for both groups and practice the necessary skills to become a recorder for the National Biodiversity Data Centre’s butterfly and bumblebee monitoring schemes. 




10:00 – 10:45

Introduction to the national monitoring schemes.

11:00 – 11:45

Bumblebee identification.

12:00 – 12:45

Butterfly identification.

14:00 – 16:00

Practice identification and monitoring skills in the field.*

* Weather permitting – if not suitable, species identification will be covered more intensely.

We have joined twitter, follow us @abbeyleixbog

posted Aug 5, 2014, 5:45 AM by Abbeyleix Bog   [ updated Aug 18, 2014, 7:10 AM ]

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Seoda - Treasure of the wetlands

posted Aug 5, 2014, 5:40 AM by Abbeyleix Bog   [ updated Aug 5, 2014, 5:46 AM ]

The Abbeyleix Bog Project cordially invites you to attend the formal opening of

Seoda – Treasure of the Wetlands - photographic exhibition by Tina Claffey.

Tuesday, August 12th at 6.00 – 7.30pm

By Cllr. John Joe Fennelly, Cathaoirleach, Laois County Council.

Venue: Abbeyleix Library, Main Street, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois.

This stunning photographic exhibition showcases Tina Claffey's observations of the flora and fauna of midland bogs, including Abbeyleix Bog. The array of unique and endemic wild flowers, plants, sedges, mosses, gorse and myriads of wildlife have adapted to this varied environment of raised bog and wet woodlands. 

Exhibition dates: from 12th to the 30th August, 2014 

Heritage Week on Abbeyleix Bog: Picnic with stories -24th August

posted Aug 12, 2013, 2:45 PM by Mark Clancy

Abbeyleix Bog - Local Bioblitz Challenge - 8th June

posted May 24, 2013, 6:22 AM by Mark Clancy

Abbeyleix Bog is one of 7 national sites to take part in this year's Local Bioblitz Challenge on Saturday, 8 June 2013. It is a fun event where each site will endeavour to record as many species as possible over a period of 24 hours - a biodiversity blitz census! The organisers of the Abbeyleix Bog site, also host variety of free guided family events, starting on Friday evening.

 'Base camp' of the day's activities is the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel at the Southern end of the town of Abbeyleix, Co Laois.

 Programme of guided events:

Friday 7th June
9.30 pm: Moth Trapping, Bat Detecting & Dusk Wildlife – Peadar Lynch & Regional Staff of National Parks and Wildlife Service

 Saturday 8th June
5.00 am: Dawn Chorus Walk for early risers – Birdwatch Laois & Mark McCorry (Bord na Mona & Botanical Society of the British Isles)

9.00 am: Opening of Moth Traps – Regional Staff of National Parks and Wildlife Service

11.00 am: Looking for Wildlife on Bogs & Pond Dipping – Tadhg O’Corcora (Irish Peatland Conservation Council)

12.00 am: Foraging for Wild Food (‘Plants you can eat!’) – Mary Bulfin

2.00 pm: Be a Bog Detective! (particularly for kids 7 and older) – Mary Healy & Theresa Kelly (Clara Bog Visitor Centre, National Parks and Wildlife Service)

3.00 pm: Chasing Butterflies and Dragonflies – Annemarieke Van Der Voort, Clare Coffey & Mark Slattery (Abbeyleix Bog Project)

4.00 pm: Discovering Wildflowers – Fiona MacGowan (Botanical Society of the British Isles)

All guided events will start from the entrance to the bog next to the car park of the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, situated at the southern end of Abbeyleix town.

All information is available on 'abbeyleixbog' Facebook page, as well as website

For media and general enquiries about the Abbeyleix BioBlitz, please contact Dr Mark McCorry at 087 9027683

More information about the Local BioBlitz Challenge can be found here and the information about the National Biodiversity Data Centre here.

Abbeyleix Bog Selected for Bioblitz challenge: 8th June 13

posted Mar 28, 2013, 2:15 PM by Mark Clancy   [ updated Mar 28, 2013, 2:23 PM ]

Abbeyleix Bog has been selected as one of 6 sites nationally to roll out the Bioblitz challenge -it will take place on 8th June 2013. 
To facilitate these events, the National National Biodiversity Centre will provide an on-line, state-of-the-art record management system to assist management of the species records and tallies on the day as well as hard copy recording forms and species lists, and training in how to organise a BioBlitz. Ireland’s BioBlitz brings together scientists, recorders and the public in a race against time to see how many species can be recorded in a 24-hour survey.

Full detail of the initiative can be seen here:
So, polish your wellies, sharpen the pencil, clean the binoculars, dust-off the reference books - we are going to see how many species of animals, insects, plants, trees, etc. we can record in one day!
Watch this space for updates....

Rare Large Marsh Grasshopper spotted in Abbeyleix Bog!

posted Aug 1, 2012, 2:44 PM by Unknown user

We recently had fantastic news here at Abbeyleix bog when we found out from Dr. Eugenie Regan of Biodiversity Ireland that we have a rare species: Large Marsh Grasshopper.
This happens to be very rare in Ireland and in Great Britain and is confined to blanket and raised bogs. It is also very distinctive from other grasshoppers as it has red and yellow legs which make it easy to identify. We would like to thank Dr. Regan for undertaking the study in Abbeyleix and we hope to see more rare species in the near future!

Click here to hear a recording of the stridulation of the large marsh grasshopper. (Most grasshoppers stridulate to make their characteristic sounds. In grasshoppers, a row of pegs along the inside of the hind leg acts as a file, or rasp.)

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