Mark McCorry, Alex Copland,Tom Egan, David Fallon and Catherine Farrell
Proceedings of the 14th International Peat Congress
Theme V. Restoration, rehabilitation and after-use of disturbed peatlands
This paper outlines management undertaken to enhance the value of Bord na Móna cutaway peatlands in the Irish midlands for breeding waders. Rehabilitation in a trial area of cutaway bog was carried out in 2010 and 2011. The main objective was to create a large open wetland area with limited scrub and trees. Active management involved scrub removal, re-profiling the edges of drains and increasing the wetland area by impeding drainage. Breeding waders have increased at the site following the first year of management. This trial will test the feasibility of carrying out successful rehabilitation work with a focus on delivering habitat enhancement of a medium-large scale on Bord na Móna cutaway bog.