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November 20, 2013

Biodiversity for Kids: BioBog at the Bog of Allen

In the Bog of Allen Region of Kildare, a BioBog Education Programme focusing on biodiversity hot spots aims to raise awareness of wildlife and biodiversity for the benefit of  young children and school students and for the future of the country.

The BioBog project  has been developed by the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC). The project is aimed at school groups and young people visiting the Bog of Allen Nature Centre.

Students will be encouraged to participate in a practical biodiversity management  field studies programme focusing on species such as butterfly and frog, and endangered habitats of bogs and wetlands. They will learn new skills in the area of nature conservation in the fields of measuring, managing and monitoring habitats and wildlife.

Terry Flanagan BIOBOGChildren are our future. Today’s child will be tomorrows adult, making decisions that impact on his or her home, community, or even country. The BioBog project will help to shape the lives of participants helping them to become active citizens and responible environmental stewards. We cannot expect them to value or protect something they’ve had little or no exposure to and have little or no understanding of. BioBog is the Irish Peatland Conservation Council’s effort to guide young people to learn about, cherish, and care for the life that surrounds and nurtures us all in the Bog of Allen”, said Dr Catherine O’Connell , the project leader.

BioBog is supported by the Department of Arts, Hertiage and the Gaeltacht, the Notice Nature Campaign and the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity.