Tadhg Ó Corcora
Proceedings of the 14th International Peat Congress
conservation, ireland, management, raised-bog, restoration
Theme I. Inventory, stratigraphy and conservation of mires and peatlands
The conservation value of Lodge Bog, Co. Kildare lies in the presence of active raised bog habitat (7110), degraded raised bog habitat (7120) and bog woodland (91D0), priorities under the European Union Habitats Directive. The site has been managed for conservation by the Irish Peatland Conservation Council since its acquisition from Bord na Móna in 2005. The Lodge Bog Management Plan 2011-2016 involves a review of the research and restoration work carried out on site over the last 5 years and the formulation of 20 objectives to achieve the overall goal of restoring the site to a self-regulating active raised bog ecosystem. This paper details the key results of the research programme and outlines the 20 objectives of the plan.