Celebrating wetlands – long live bogs!
27th July has been designated to celebrate International Bog Day. The event was created to celebrate the beauty of bogs and to help make people more aware of peatlands, the services they provide for free and the threats they face.
Bogs are a distinctive kind of wetland habitat where peat forms from dead plant matter over many thousands of years. Amongst their numerous benefits, peat bogs serve an important ecological function as water supply, water retention preventing downstream flooding by absorbing precipitation and also provide recreation benefits to people.
In the UK, the IUCN UK Peatland Programme aims to promote peatland restoration in the UK advocating the multiple benefits of peatlands through partnerships, strong science and effective practice.
We’ve worked on many boggy projects – the Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre in Ireland showcases the wonderful wildlife and cultural history of one of Europe’s largest remaining blanket bog systems.
Happy International Bog Day!