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Irish Boglands

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Landscape of an Irish peat bog
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Irish Blanket Bogs

One of Ireland’s most characteristic landscape features is the blanket bog lands. Covering 1,200,000 hectares (1/6th) of the island, Ireland contains more bog, relatively speaking, than any country in Europe except Finland. Across Europe, as well as in Ireland, bogs have been exploited in recent centuries as a source of fuel. With many of the bogs in the rest of Europe already gone, Ireland’s bogs now have an increased importance to the scientific community, as well as the tourist industry.

I took the following images last year on a visit to one of the blanket bogs in the Irish middlands.

Irish blanlet blog-land Gallery

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7 responses

  1. Quite different scenery but lovely in its own right and of course good photos

    March 31, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    • Hello Diana πŸ™‚

      Thank you, Yes very different πŸ™‚
      Very pleased you liked this post πŸ™‚

      March 31, 2014 at 8:15 pm

  2. Lovely pictures!
    I once watched a programme on TV in which an archaeologist had proved there was an ancient field system metres below the surface of the bog – somewhere in the South West if I recall correctly. He use long rods to push down into the bog to show the different levels, essentially wall or not – it was pretty fascinating, and an interesting fact that the bogs are not as old as we might think they are.

    March 31, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    • Hello Steven πŸ™‚

      The place you talking about is the The CΓ©ide Fields : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9ide_Fields

      Its a fascinating area as its also the location of the very first people to live in Ireland , they migrated from Scotland. Landing on this coastline in county Mayo.

      The walls that are now under meters of blanket blog were the very first farming ,field patters in Ireland !!

      Thank you Steven that’s great addition to the post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 31, 2014 at 8:28 pm

  3. Wow. Fascinating about the bogs, Nigel.

    I wonder, are they spongy feeling when you walk on them?

    Your lovely images look like they were taken on a Midwest Prairie! Except the cut-away view, of course.

    Where the prairie is dry and loamy, these wonderful bogs look full of squishy, damp life!

    Love it!

    March 31, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      Yes, that’s the exact sensation you get , the moss is so woven over the top of the entire area, that so long as you look where your putting you feet , you never feel that you will sink in to all the peat below.

      Sharon I think these area are the closest we come here to you big open skys and Horizons πŸ™‚

      There are no tight field patterns here just a huge open space πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 31, 2014 at 8:34 pm

  4. M-R

    I derive pleasure from telling people that my father’s family’s ancestry is from Irish peatbogs. So it’s VERY nice to see what they look like, Nigel ! :mrgreen:

    March 31, 2014 at 9:15 pm

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