Chapter 2 – Threats to the Bog and Project Actions

Raised Bogs

Raised bogs are most common in the central lowlands of Ireland. At one time, they covered three hundred and ten thousand hectares. Over the last 200 years, about 92% of Ireland’s raised bogs have been lost.
 
A wet bog is a happy bog. Any action that drains them or dries them out damages their habitat. Human activity is largely responsible for this, mainly through the commercial harvesting of peat for domestic use and to generate electricity. To a lesser extent, drainage, and afforestation, or the planting of trees, have damaged our bogs.
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