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Dragonflies are important indicator species of both freshwater and terrestrial habitats. The Black Darter dragonfly is found on peatlands and in acidic freshwater habitats where its presence alone represents the quality of the natural environment. It is under threat as a result of human activity such as the draining of peatlands, peat extraction and climate change. To celebrate Biodiversity Week 2021, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council want to raise the profile of our winged peatland friend by designing a social media tutorial video for the younger generation. Viewers will learn how to make their own dragonfly from the comfort of their own homes, using easily sourced materials. This engaging event will kick start our celebration of Biodiversity week.
No registration needed, simply follow along at home! Registration button will bring you to the Facebook page where the video will be launched, or follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/IPCC.ie
Peatlands, people and biodiversity are strongly connected on the Island of Ireland. The Irish Peatland Conservation Council have designed a fun peatland themed crossword to challenge your peatland knowledge and to celebrate Biodiversity Week 2021. The crossword is aimed at adults with an interest in learning about peatlands. You will explore the different values, habitats and biodiversity of peatlands by completing this crossword and you will gain a greater understanding of these wet and wild places in Ireland. You can find support for answering the questions at www.ipcc.ie.
The event is free and in conjunction with IPCC’s Peatland Passport, an online resource on http://www.ipcc.ie/visitor-attraction/peatland-passport-ireland/ where individuals and families can find a peatland local to them so they can explore for themselves the wonder of peatlands. Two winners will be selected and given a 1 year free Friend of the Bog membership. To win this prize, send your completed crossword to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the Bogs of Allen nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare, R51 V293.
No registration needed, simply download the crossword and get stuck in! Registration button will bring you to the Facebook page where the crossword will be officially launched on may 17th, or follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/IPCC.ie
Lullymore West is one of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council’s nature reserves located in Co. Kildare. The site was included as one of Ireland’s pilot sites for the National Butterfly monitoring programme in the late 2000’s. This pilot highlighted how the abandoned wet grassland cutaway bog had developed, with support from the Irish Peatland Conservation Council through drain blocking, into a butterfly haven with over 22 of Ireland’s butterflies identified on the reserve. In 2021, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council have added another butterfly to this number with the identification of the Comma butterfly on the reserve. As we know so much about butterfly lifecycles and the fact that they have a relatively short lifecycle, they are considered valuable indicators of environmental quality, aswell as pollinators in our communities. For Biodiversity Week 2021, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council are hosting a free online family friendly butterfly identification talk with an introduction to butterfly monitoring and site management of Lullymore West. To help you become familiar with the variety of butterflies found on the reserve, we have a free downloadable butterfly identification chart called Bonding with butterflies found here http://www.ipcc.ie/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Bonding-with-Butterflies.pdf.
Peatlands are wet and open habitats that offer our communities both a unique and diverse range of biodiversity. As the weather begins to improve, we find ourselves outdoors more often preparing our gardens for the summer ahead. You may purchase peat moss compost from your local garden centre, petrol station or even supermarket not knowing the devastating impact that the harvesting of peat moss compost has on Ireland’s peatland biodiversity.
This biodiversity week, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council will deliver an online talk to raise the profile of peatland biodiversity, the benefits it offers us all and the impacts of peat extraction on peatland habitat and biodiversity. This free online talk will focus on and offer an insight into choosing peat free through home composting. You will also learn some of the top tips to get started, the different types of compost systems available to you and frequently asked questions.