News and events

RTE's George Lee is now a Bog Man

posted May 12, 2019, 8:08 AM by Abbeyleix Bog

In anticipation of the release of the draft report of the IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) on Monday, 6 May 2019, #AbbeyleixBog was honoured to have George and cameraman Michael down to record a news feature about the project. Due to the collaborative nature of the project, we invited other stakeholders along to be interviewed. Thank you to Abbeyleix FEC Art Department (Jackie & Edel), Brian Gaynor of Irish Wildlife Trust Laois/Offaly BranchTina Claffey Photography, and other volunteers who came along.



Woodcock Survey: 'Catch me if you can'

posted May 12, 2019, 7:36 AM by Abbeyleix Bog

James O'Reilly of University College Cork Irish Woodcock Project came to visit AbbeyleixBog over the May bank holiday weekend to survey for woodcock. The second evening he erected mist nets with the help of local volunteers. Using a decoy whilst playing the woodcock roding call, he managed to catch his first Irish summer breeding Woodcock. James is looking for people across the country to help with the survey. More detail on the project and how to get involved: Thanks to all volunteers who came to help with setting up the nets.


Good Causes Awards 2019 - Co Laois Heritage Category Winner

posted May 12, 2019, 7:21 AM by Abbeyleix Bog

Early in May, 2019 #AbbeyleixBog received notice from The National Lottery that the project is the Laois County Winner in the Heritage category for the #GoodCausesAwards 2019. The next round of assessment is on a regional level. Judging for that will start later in May

Social Capital, Engineering and Bracken Control

posted May 12, 2019, 7:12 AM by Abbeyleix Bog

Thanks to the engineering skills of Abbeyleix man Joe Cahill and the generosity of McCabe Towbars in Rathdowney, Abbeyleix Bog Project will this year be able to manage Bracken along the railway track. The maneuverability of the new 'Bracken Bruiser', using a small 4x4 vehicle, makes it ideal to get to some difficult and uneven spots along the track. The 'evaluation committee' was delightfully impressed. A sincere thank you to Joe Cahill and McCabe Towbars. Now, come on ye Bracken!


Mammal Tracking Workshop 2019

posted May 12, 2019, 6:54 AM by Abbeyleix Bog

Biodiversity Ireland Spring/Summer Workshop 2019 on Mammal Tracking was lead by Dr Denise O'Meara of Waterford IT on 9 March 2019. The workshop started off in the Abbeyleix Heritage House, covering the history of mammals in Ireland, the conservation status of the various species and some background to each of the mammal species in Ireland. This provides context to the afternoon's fieldwork on Abbeyleix Bog, covering tracking, surveying, and identification in the field.


A Pictorial Review of 2018 Activities

posted Apr 3, 2019, 9:38 AM by Abbeyleix Bog   [ updated Apr 3, 2019, 9:47 AM ]

Another year passed with loads of activity on Abbeyleix Bog. Scoil Mhuire Abbeyleix fun walk organised by the parents' association, Biodiversity Ireland's Spring workshop on Squirrels & Pine Martens by Denise O'Meara and Andrew Harrington, The Heritage Council Heritage Officers' meeting, 'Awesome Amphibians' workshop by Collie Ennis of The Herpetological Society of Ireland, Irish Peatland Conservation Council guided visits for schools from Athy, Irish Environmental Network's flagship event for Biodiversity Week 2018 featuring Irish Wildlife Trust, The Vincent Wildlife Trust, WIT Biology, Groundwork and others.

A lot of our activities during the year was done in collaboration with other local organisations like Irish Wildlife Trust Laois/Offaly Branch, Portlaoise Men's Shed,Abbeyleix Heritage House, Laois County Council, Abbeyleix Tidy Towns, Mueller & O' Connell Bakery, Abbeyleix Manor, Dove House Abbeyleix, Laois Walks Festival, Abbeyleix FEC Art Department, Bat Conservation Ireland (Kildare), BirdWatch Ireland (Laois), and others already mentioned above. Continuous conservation and maintenance work is depended on loads individual volunteers, too many to mention. Regular individual photographers, as well as various members from clubs, i.e. Portlaoise Camera Club, Mountrath & District Camera Club, as well as Mountmellick Camera Club contribute towards the rich variety of photographs taken.

Thank you to every person, group & organisation who contributed towards the activities of Abbeyleix Bog during 2018 and we wish you all a great 2019! The last set of pictures include images not previously mentioned, like the visit of the international delegates of GBIF: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility, the Timahoe National School pupils who took part in Junior BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2018, Castlecomer Community School TY students.

A review of 2017:

posted Mar 30, 2019, 6:13 AM by Abbeyleix Bog

Hydro-ecological Climate Change Study kicks off

posted Mar 30, 2019, 5:41 AM by Abbeyleix Bog   [ updated Mar 30, 2019, 5:42 AM ]

A 3-Year PhD research study (2015 - 2018) by Michael Swenson from Minnesota, USA has commenced. To access the different research areas on Abbeyleix Bog, pathways were installed across certain parts of the bog by Trinity College staff and volunteers: (From left to right): Celia Somlai (Hungary, PhD student), Patrick Veale (Technologist), Shane Regan (Post-doctoral researcher), Jan Knappe (Germany, PhD student), Michael Swenson (USA, Researcher), Arnoud Rijk (The Netherlands, Volunteer).

'Roses' visit the Bog

posted Mar 30, 2019, 5:22 AM by Abbeyleix Bog   [ updated May 12, 2019, 7:44 AM ]

Rose of Tralee participants visited Abbeyleix Bog on Thursday, 28 May 2015. It coincided with EU Green Week 'Nature - our health, our wealth.' Focusing on nature for our well-being, the visit was co-hosted by David Staunton, an eco-psychotherapist as well as Simon Rogers of Blackhill Woods Retreat Centre.

Abbeyleix Bog Loop Walks on ArcGIS Story Maps

posted Mar 30, 2019, 5:06 AM by Abbeyleix Bog

The Collins Bog and Killamuck Bog Loop Walks are walking trails registered with the Sprts Council's Trails Office and can be viewed through the links embedded above.


ArcGIS Story Maps for both Loop Walks were created by Steven Downey on behalf of Abbeyleix Bog Project. The Story maps are interactive maps with options to add associated copy and photographs. The Story Maps can be viewed here: Killamuck Loop Walk

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