atest press release from the ReWild Wicklow group, issued on Saturday, May 22nd 2021…
ReWild Wicklow Group welcomes bog restorations but says State can do more.
“National Biodiversity Week saw two very welcome announcements in relation to restoration of peatlands in the Wicklow Mountains,” said Danny Alvey of the ReWild Wicklow group. “Luggala has committed to restoring 1,300 hectares of degraded peatlands on their estate over several years, a very ambitious and welcome step for carbon capture and biodiversity. They are also planning to improve heathland management which is very important habitat for endangered birds.”
NPWS, in partnership with Intel, are planning a similar project to rewet 60 hectares of bog near the River Liffey headwaters. Alongside increased water levels, the NPWS say that the rewetting will help “protect biodiversity, improve carbon storage, and is likely to improve water quality.”
“We also welcome the NPWS initiative as a good start,” continued Danny (pictured above with siblings Enya, Simon and Ian), “but with 4,000 hectares of degraded bog across the Wicklow Mountains we think the State needs to be more ambitious and invest more in this project. We already know that rewetted bogs are amongst the best habitat for carbon capture and so Ireland has a big opportunity to improve its carbon balance by investing in rewetting now.
“Once again when it comes to the Wicklow Mountains it is projects on private land, whether that be bog or native woodland restoration, that are leading the way and often the surrounding public land is in much worse condition.”
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