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October 01, 2008

Shop Green to Save Bogs and Wildlife This Christmas

The change in the weather of the last few days turns our attention to what the season ahead holds in store. As the days get shorter and with winter drawing in, Christmas is the time of year when the wildlife that surrounds us needs us most. Leaving out food for the birds, tidying up around your garden in anticipation of the spring rejuvenation, or simply spreading the conservation message by choosing to send wildlife-themed cards and gifts to family and friends are just some of the ways that we can all play our part.
“The Save the Bogs Cards and Gifts Catalogue from the Irish Peatland Conservation Council carries over 125 products for nature enthusiasts of all ages and is a must for the environmentally conscious shopper. All profits from sales are recycled back into the Save the Bog Campaign, helping IPCC to achieve its conservation goals for the last remaining areas of intact bogland in Ireland” says Oscar Duggan, Supporter Care Manager at IPCC. Click here to view some of the range available from IPCC's Save the Bogs Collection —
Pauline Bewick, Vera Bowe and Seamus Heaney are among the artists whose work is featured. Wildlife themed Christmas cards include the perennially popular Winter Robin motif. The 2008 edition of the Wild Ireland Calendar will see in the new year in style. A beautiful set of wildlife mugs, exquisitely designed with paintings of our most popular garden birds — robin, blackbird, song thrush and blue tit — is another highlight from this year's catalogue collection. They are a must have gift for nature-lovers this festive season, retailing for just (Euro) €4.99, or you can have the whole set for under (Euro) €20. Gardening products, recycled stationery and children’s toys are also among the gift ideas that IPCC has assembled to ensure that there is something for everyone.
If you want to surprise someone this Christmas with a gift that is out of the ordinary IPCC has some cheerful ideas to help you in this regard.
A Symbolic Share Certificate in an acre of Irish bog is a gift that doesn’t cost the earth. These handsome certificates can be framed to make a nice addition to your home, office or reception area. The certificates are personalised and can be sent to family, friends and loved ones at home or abroad. They also make ideal gifts for weddings and other special occasions. Prices start at (Euro) €45 for one-sixteenth of an acre. Click here to find out how you can make your Christmas gift count for more —
An Annual Visitor Pass to the Bog of Allen Nature Centre allows 5 individuals or a family of six full access to the Habitats, Gardens and Museum at the centre for just (Euro) €25. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, not including public holidays. A visit to the centre is a fun day out for all the family and includes informative exhibiton panels and audio-visual displays. The gardens at the centre boasts Ireland’s largest collection of insect-eating plants from all over the world. Picnic facilities are also available. Click here to find out more about the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, including visitor orientation and directions on how to get there —
A Friend of the Bog Gift Enrollment costs (Euro) €45 and lasts the whole year. Friends of the Bog receive a welcome pack, car sticker, a copy of Peatland News published twice a year and can also avail of free access to the Bog of Allen Nature Centre and to six peatland nature reserves around the country. Friends of the Bog share in the knowledge that they are helping IPCC’s work to make people more aware of the wildlife, culture and heritage of our bogs. Click here for details on how to join —
To obtain your free copy of the Save the Bogs Cards and Gifts Catalogue phone 045 860133, e-mail with the world ‘Catalogue’ in the subject heading or order online at The entire range of wildlife-friendly cards and gifts are also available from The Nature Shop at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Co. Kildare. You can combine your shopping spree with a tour of the bogland museum and wildlife gardens. Th entry fee to the visitor centre is (Euro) €5 per adult. Entry to the Nature Shop is free.
IPCC will endeavour to get your orders out to you promptly in order to beat the Christmas rush.
To facilitate shoppers a special Christmas Fair and Open Day will be hosted at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre on Sunday, 30th November between 12 am and 4 pm. A programme of seasonal events and bog-related walks, talks, exhibitions and tours will also be included. Make a note in your diary. More details to follow.