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December 09, 2010

Bumper Year for Wildlife Numbers at Bog of Allen Nature Centre

2010 has been a bumper year for wildlife at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre in Lullymore, Co. Kildare.
The wildlife gardens located at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Co. Kildare are very rich in biodiversity. The Centre’s gardens contain breeding newts and frogs. The different flowers such as Buddleia attract many butterflies with 12 species recorded this year Orange Tip, Brimstone and Peacock. By feeding the birds in the gardens we have attracted 26 including breeding house sparrow, starling, gold crest and chaffinch.
On Lodge Bog many spectacular birds have been seen including snipe, Curlew, Meadow Pipit and Kestrel. Lodge Bog is also home to breeding frogs and many invertebrates.
Lullymore West Bog is a haven for butterflies and this year 22 species of butterfly were identified with a record numbers of 1184 butterflies recorded. The IPCC are delighted to report that the Marsh Fritillary butterfly is thriving at Lullymore West Bog due to the excellent conditions and plentiful supply of Devil’s-bit scabious the food plant of the caterpillar.
The annual Hop To It Irish Frog Survey conducted by the Irish Peatland Conservation Council has been a huge success with over 200 records received from all over Ireland.
As 2010 is the International Year for Biodiversity the IPCC is very happy with the quantity of wildlife that has been recorded and we wish to thank all our volunteers for their support and the general public for contributing to our surveys of wildlife.

The Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare is open for visitors all year Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4pm.

For information see or contact:

Irish Peatland Conservation Council
Bog of Allen Nature Centre
Co. Kildare