Wicklow blanket bog, overview

7130 is the habitat code for blanket bog

No comprehensive mapping of the SAC has been undertaken

Estimate 12.376 Ha of blanket bog in Wicklow Mountains SAC (38% of the area)

Wicklow Mountains SAC (site code 002122): Conservation objectives supporting document – blanket bogs and associated habitats (NPWS, Version 1, July 2017)

Blanket bogs occur throughout the SAC, often in association with other habitats including heath and upland acid grasslands.

Well-developed examples are present at

  • Liffey Head Bog,
  • Castlekelly Bog,
  • Shankill Bog,
  • Cloghoge Bog,
  • Ballynultagh Bog
  • Brockagh Bog.
  • large stretch from Lugnaquilla northwards towards Table Mountain, and stretching east towards Laragh

Liffey Head Bog fire

AIE: Appeal to OCEI regarding release of NPWS monitoring reports on Bord na Mona PCAS programme (peatland rehabilitation project)

AIE request AIE-021-2022

Appeal submitted to Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information

Delay of one month granted to 3rd party by NPWS to review release of monitoring reports has no basis in law under the AIE Regs

There is no provision under the AIE Regs for NPWS to make “all reasonable efforts to seek the consent or otherwise of Bord na Mona prior to release of the information”

Heavily Modified Water Body Designations: Peatland

Why are heavily modified waterbodies on peatland not included?

The EPA review considers the following specified uses:

  • Water storage and regulation (i.e. major impounding structures such as dams and reservoirs);
  • Flood protection;
  • The urban environment;
  • Arterial drainage;
  • Navigation

It does not appear to directly consider heavily modified water bodies in the context of peatland drainage schemes and/or peatland rehabilitation schemes

Please note two IFI submissions on BnM hydromorphological conditions which do address the issues:

Correspondence between BnM and DAFM suggest that the main heavily modified water bodies will not be remediated as part of the current PCAS programme – the programme is very much aimed at improving water chemistry, not restoring the modified watercourses. This is only addressing half the problem, heavily modified waterbodies on peatland cannot support life.

Peatland pressures are listed in EPA data, but there does not appear to be a process in place similar to LAWPRO to ASSAP Ag Referrals to address those peatland pressures. In fact, the overall enforcement regime for peatland drainage is unclear, and unlicensed drainage/unlicensed peat extraction occurs at the same time on the same sites. There are ongoing issues with digging drainage for peat extraction on SACs, and drainage for peat extraction on sites that are hydrologically connected to SACs.

Submissions to Bord na Móna under the Peatland Climate Action Scheme for 2021

AIE Request COSEC00326

Note: Insomuch as any further records may potentially exist, they would be held by Bord na Móna Energy Limited, which is responsible for the Peatlands Climate Action Scheme. It is that company’s position that it is not a public authority for the purposes of the AIE Regulations and therefore, the Regulations do not apply to it.

Longford CoCo Submission on Draft Edera Bog Cutaway Bog Decommissioning and Rehabilitation Plan 2020

DAFM Submission highlighting potential risks of works on adjoining landowners land

PCAS Response

EPA Map: Licensed Peat Extraction Installation Boundary

AIE: OEE AIE 2022 17

Abstract: This dataset demonstrates the location name and area of bogs licensed for the extraction of peat by Bord na Mona under nine separate licences.

Data Purpose: To facilitate the identification of the location and area of licensed peat extraction site boundaries.


The concerned records have been published to the EPA website and are available at EPA Maps. To find the records, look in “WMS Layers” for “Licensed Peat Extraction Installation Boundary”.

Bord na Mona: Land Registry search, by county












Section 49 is an application for Adverse Possession


Begnagh Bog: Cutaway Bog Decommissioning and Rehabilitation Plan 2022

Begnagh Bog, southeast of Cloondara, Longford

The bog is part of the Mount Dillon bog group

Area: 265ha

Begnagh has a pumped drainage regime

Begnagh bog is drained by the Fallan River which flows northward along the eastern site boundary. This river is a tributary of the Camlin River which in turn discharges into the River Shannon (Upper). The Royal Canal is located adjacent to part of the western boundary of Begnagh.

Begnagh bog has 5 treated surface water outlets to the Fallon River IE_SH_26F010200 FALLAN_020. The Fallon river flows to the Camlin River (IE_SH_26S021600 SHANNON (Upper)_090). While the Fallan is not at Risk or under pressure from peat extraction, the Shannon Upper was indicated as being under pressure from peat extraction in the second cycle of the river basin management plan and is indicated as remaining so in the third cycle, currently under preparation.