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Peatlands community engagement scheme 2020


Peatlands of the Corrib in Claregalway and Moycullen


  • People of the Corrib region would be familiar with the boglands that inhabit the catchment. For generations gone by these areas of land have been both exploited but essential for heating our homes.
  • As modernity has progressed our society we have came up with alternative ways to heat our homes, that are more sustainable and have less of a carbon footprint.
  • The Corrib hosts active raised bogs and degraded bogs

Active raised bogs

These bogs are high with features such as wet flats, hummocks, high water table and a species rich habitat. in relation to the corrib these bogs are found west of the lake in central Galway and into the west of Connemara. These areas have been untouched by drainage, peat cutting and other land use activities compared to the more eastern and low lying parts of Galway and Roscommon. Vegetation and species here include Rhynchosporion vegetation, usually found in wet pools and areas. While some other species include common frog and breeding curlew.

Degraded bogs

Here the peat deposits are not as deep and are no longer peat forming. These bogs have usually been exhausted by activities such as peat cutting, drying out and water drainage, as well as being subject to agricultural change in order to “reclaim” grasslands for pasture, grazing and hay/ silage. Due to these activities species are not rich and suffer habitat fragmentation


  • Corrib Beo would like to raise awareness of this natural asset as it an integral part of the Corrib country
  • Bogs give habitats and allow wildlife to flourish adding to the uniqueness of the Corribs natural capital.
  • Below is a link with a description of how all peatland stakeholders including organisations such as local community, NGOs, local business and how state level organisations can help revitalise and bring life back to this natural resource.
  • Click the link below for all the information.

Reference to¬†“National Parks and Wildlife service” (NPWS)