Bog of Allen Nature Centre

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Location: Lullymore, Rathangan, Kildare

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The Bog of Allen Nature Centre was selected as one of the top 10 Eco Projects in Ireland by the Lonely Planet. This Nature Centre, in Rathangan County Kildare, aims to conserve a representative portion of Irish peatlands for future generations to enjoy. It is run by the charity Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC). To date there are 250,000 ha of peatlands conserved in Ireland and this represents 50% of all of Europe’s peatlands. Peatlands are made up of dead plant material and they are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Raised bogs have been growing in Ireland for the past 10,000 years. Due to many pressures from afforestation, development for their peat, overgrazing, illegal dumping, these habitats are under threat. Over 80% of them have been lost forever and the IPCC are now actively restoring peatlands to ensure their survival. On visiting the Bog of Allen Nature Centre explore the wild boglands of Ireland. Experience life in 1960’s Ireland in our traditional Irish cottage interior and follow the self guiding tour of the exhibitions to learn about all aspects of Irish bogs. Guides are available in six languages. Complete your indoor visit with a browse through the nature shop filled with environmentally friendly gifts for family and friends. Continue your tour of the centre outdoors in the wildlife gardens and visit the live exhibition of insect eating plants. Collect IPCC’s top ten wildlife gardening tips along the way and finish your tour by visiting the nearby nature reserves in the Bog of Allen. Amenities: Toilets | Parking | Outdoor picnic area | Wheelchair accessible