The Bog of Allen Nature Centre is run by the Irish Peatland Cosnervation Council (IPCC). A charity, their aim is to conserve a representative portion of Irish peatlands for future generartions to enjoy. 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 available in six languages. Complete your indoor visit with a browse through our nature shop filled environmentally friendly gifts and for family and friends.
Continue your tour of the centre outdoors in our wildlife gardens and visit our live exhibition of insect eating plants. Collect IPCC’s top ten wildlife gardening tips along the way and finish your tour by visiting nearby nature reserves in the Bog of Allen.
“One of the top 10 Eco Projects in Ireland” - Lonely Planet 2008