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Benefits of The Drummin Bog Project

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It is envisaged that Drummin Bog Project will result in many important environmental and socioeconomic benefits such as providing:-

Natural Amenity Area: Restoring Drummin Bog and sustainably developing it for public access will provide a unique landscape which will act as an amenity area for local people and tourists/visitors alike, potentially attracting walkers, photographers, nature enthusiasts and families who love the outdoors. Providing opportunities to link with nature has many proven physical and mental health benefits.

Working closely with other organisations in the vicinity will bring many economic opportunities and will complement and enhance local tourism.

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Nature Education: The restored peatland environment will present both formal and informal learning and research opportunities for local and regional schools and colleges, community and youth groups. It will be a unique platform for cultural history, nature conservation and ecology collaboration.

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Increased Biodiversity: Careful restoration of the Bog will preserve and increase the overall biodiversity of the area in terms of the habitats and variety of fauna & flora found there. This will enhance the ecological value of the Bog, making it a unique habitat within Carlow and the South East region. Interesting plant species such as Bog Rosemary and White- beaked Sedge are known to persist on the bog.

Drummin Bog is registered as a Community Pollinator Site through the National Biodiversity Data Centre.

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Carbon Sequestration: Peatlands store up to 30% of global carbon, and when drained and damaged they release stored carbon and exacerbate climate change. Restored peatlands will contribute to our national carbon reduction 2020 targets. Rehabilitating Drummin Bog’s peat-forming capacity will contribute positively towards carbon reduction.

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Flood Control: Restoring the hydrological integrity of Drummin Bog will contribute to flood control and assist in moderating water run-off during wet periods.