Great opening for the new Peatland reserve in County Kerry

Published by Marie-Amélie Brun on


16th of June, 2016

Ireland newest Coad Bog reserve opened a few weeks ago to visitors in County Kerry.

From the 20th to the 27th May, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council launched a new Peatland reserve with the help of lots of volunteers. It was an unique opportunity for the community and visitors to discover the resources present in 10 acres of Coad Bog.

Volunteers, children and expert participated to the Coad Bog BioBlitz during the week.

During around 304 working hours, 200 species plant, bird and animal have been recorded and important data about this remarkable site have been registered. Rory Hodd recorded 69 species of moss and liverwort in the Coad Bog

The 10 acres field is a great reserve of biodiversity. 13 different habitats were found during the exploration of the zone, such as wet bog, grassland, rocky outcrop, bog ditch and stream. The stream was the most diverse habitat and 22 different species were found in it.

The purpose of this reserve is of course the preservation of the ecosystem present in the field, with the installation of drain blocking tools, but also the spread of knowledge about nature, the students of Caherdaniel National school had the opportunity to come and discover the Coad Bog reserve through an educational visit of the site.


Expert Rory Hodd



The students of Caherdaniel National school

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Marie-Amélie Brun

Marie-Amélie is a contributor to the Green News. She is currently completing a Masters in International Cooperation and Multilingual Communication at the University Grenoble Alpes.