Peatland Biodiversity


Biodiversity is everywhere, from gardens and hedgerows on our doorsteps, to woodlands and wetlands and bogs, rivers and coastlines, birds in trees, fish in rivers and bats in the roof.

Biodiversity both is all life on earth and supports all life on earth; as humans we depend on biodiversity for clean air and water, healthy soils, food, building materials, and medicines.

Because of this, the conservation of biodiversity and natural heritage is an integral part of good environmental management and essential to continued survival of human beings on Earth.

It is important that we all do our best to try to conserve biodiversity and give it a helping hand where we can. Peatland Flora Research This is Bord na Móna’s outlook and we are investing in biodiversity as part of our day to day work. A sound knowledge base is necessary in identifying the key areas that will have to be developed for biodiversity to allow for wise planning of the Bord na Móna bogs as peat production is phased out.

While industrial peat production will continue for a number of years, it is essential that we begin to plan now for the future.

Bord na Móna undertakes its activities cognisant of the natural environment and manages all of its peat production bogs according to best practice under Integrated Pollution Prevention Control Licenses issued and regulated by the EPA . Peatland Flora Research Once peat production ceases (currently active on up to 65,000ha of bog) the former peat production areas are termed cutaway bog. It is the cutaway bogs that will largely dominate the Bord na Móna bogs into the future as peat production is phased out and, as part of rehabilitation of those cutaway bogs under the watchful eye of the EPA, new landscapes will emerge over time to complement the existing natural peatland habitat networks.

Biodiversity Action Plan and Review

On November 4th, 2010 we launched our Biodiversity Action Plan which sets out a number of objectives which will allow us to carry out our work to the highest standards, and to achieve the best results. You can now download the Biodiversity Action Plan pdf


2013 Biodiversity Action Plan Review:

The Ecology Team of Bord na Móna carried out an annual review day of its Biodiversity Action Plan on December 11th 2013.  The presentations made on the day are available here: 


Biodiversity Action Plan Review 2013 Rehabilitation updates - David Fallon (PDF)

Biodiversity Action Plan Review 2013 Rehabilitation update - Mark McCorry (PDF)

Bord na Móna’s Wind Development Strategy to 2030 - John Reilly (PDF)

Carbon in Cutaway Peatlands - David Wilson (PDF)

Globalising Restoration – Paddy Woodworth (PDF)


2012 Biodiversity Action Plan Review:

In January 2012, the Bord na Móna ecologists held their second review of the Biodiversity Action Plan 2010-2015. The presentations made on the day are available here: 


Biodiversity Action Plan Review 2012 – Catherine Farrell (PDF)

Biodiversity Action Plan Review 2012 – Liam Lysaght (PDF)

Review 2012 – Rehabilitation and Communication – David Fallon (PDF)

Review 2012 – Baseline Ecology Survey Update – Mark McCorry (PDF)

Review 2012 – Lough Boora Parklands – Tom Egan (PDF)

Birds and Cutaway Bogs – Alan Lauder (PDF)