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Irish landscape Images for the week – (Monday) Irish bog lands.

Connemara National Park Galway 5

During this week, I just wanted to return to some of my most loved Irish Landscape locations and Monday today’s post I want to share some images I have taken since 2014, these relate to the Irish Bog and Peat lands of the Irish Midlands and the West coast.

Ireland has internationally important peat/bog lands but they are always under serious threat. Over the last few years the Irish government has protected areas of special conservation from historic family rights to cut peat in these areas, a decision that created problems for some but one that was very much needed in order to start the process of returning the bog’s to a point of growth and sustainability.

I love these locations, they are remote and full of life both plant and wild life and I feel like many others that they do need very special care and support.

When you visit locations like the Bog of Allen, you can see a contrast between the areas that are still wild and untouched and the areas that have been harvested for peat, when you see this contrast and its different effects on local bio-diversity you would only hope that one day we can find a less damaging way to heat our homes and produce energy.

Irish Bog-lands Gallery

Connemara National Park Galway 4

Connemara National Park Galway 3

Connemara National Park Galway 2

Will I get to see the Bog cotton again 5

Will I get to see the Bog cotton again 1

Will I get to see the Bog cotton again 2

The bog of Allen 2

The bog of Allen 3

The bog of Allen 4

The bog of Allen 5

The bog of Allen 6

9 responses

  1. I love the walkway through the bog and the bog cotton.

    April 25, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    • Hi Joan πŸ™‚

      The paths are a great effort to protect this land , you can get very close to the plants and insects without effecting the bog itself πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      I just love it when you see the Bog cotton, Summer at it very best πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      April 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm

  2. who knew a Bog could be so beautiful πŸ™‚ Bog Cotton is something I have never seen, nor even knew existed, so thank you for the discovery πŸ™‚

    April 25, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    • Hi Morgan

      There are still so many beautiful Bog lands but so many just turned into open peat lands.I love the moment when the Bog cotton first comes out, it can cover full fields and hill sides – just beautiful to see πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      April 25, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      • Just one more thing to add to my very long list of places to see when I come for a visit πŸ˜‰

        April 25, 2016 at 3:24 pm

  3. The wavy path is instriguing – obviously a straight path would spoil the environment. Interesting to see a taste of this environment

    April 26, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    • Hi Diana πŸ™‚

      Its impressive isn’t it that they chose the path of least harm πŸ™‚

      Very pleased you enjoyed this post !!!! πŸ™‚

      April 27, 2016 at 10:15 am

  4. Fantastic series of photographs. I am always grateful for the work of Dr John Feehan for alerting us to the importance of bogland and to the incredible variety of its flora and fauna. Your images capture these so well.

    April 27, 2016 at 9:50 am

    • Thank you for adding in such a great way to this post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      April 27, 2016 at 10:13 am

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