The Bog of Allen Nature Centre

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The Bog of Allen Nature Centre

The Bog of Allen Nature Centre
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Terry
Stockholm, Sweden1 contribution
Bog of Allen centre
Jul 2020
Spent a lovely few hours in the company of guide Paula who knew her subject very well and we learned a lot about carbon and how bog harvesting has a major impact Terry
Written 27 July 2020
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Sean B
Belfast, UK91 contributions
Very disappointing
Jul 2019
Normally when you visit the HQ of an organisation you would expect it to be well maintained and some pride in its appearance. Not so with the IPCC Ireland HQ, it looked like a place that should have a for sale sign outside it's door. On arrival the door was locked and it said to go to an office and ring the bell, lots of fancy cars outside but no humans visible. Didn't wait around for any ghost to appear, very disappointing.
Written 12 August 2019
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IPCC are very sorry that you were so disappointed with your arrival at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre. Had you rung the bell we would have been down to meet and greet you and give you a cup of tea after your journey. It is quite true, our building which occupies 6000 square metres (the equivalent of four regular houses) needs a coat of paint. We are a non-governmental organisation and a registered charity. Funds are raised through memberships, school tours, grant schemes and through visitor donations. At the moment please bear with us as we are channelling all of our resources into saving bogs, protecting their rare species and advocating for rewetting of sites to protect our climate from the effects of carbon leakage. We have a work force of 4 staff and only for the help of volunteers we would have nowhere for people to visit. We have a free open day coming up on Sunday 25th August from 2-4.40pm if you would like to call again and pay a visit this time.
Written 14 August 2019
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kanford46
Kensington, MD64 contributions
A lovely visit and tea as well
Aug 2019
The museum part is rather more extensive than I had expected. The story of bog formation through the ages and how it was (and still is) harvested and used. Display of a typical farmhouse of circa 80 years ago. Outside many interesting plants and we were served tea in the greenhouse. Huge collection of carnivorous plants (mainly pitcher plants) were very interesting and colorful. Got a sample of concord grapes from the back room! gift shop had interesting stuff.
Written 6 August 2019
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Kaylalubbers
St. Cloud MN4 contributions
A Must See
Jul 2019 • Friends
We were met by the most amazing man who had a ton of information! We loved each second there. We were given tee in the green house! We learned so much and saw so many really cool plants. We were also directed to a cool bog walk down the road! We toured the Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park after but thought that Bog of Allen Nature project was far more informative and fun! I can’t say enough about how much we loved this place! They are clearly focused on conservation and very passionate about what they do here!
Written 10 July 2019
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Mark M
Ada, MI391 contributions
A Nice Spot
May 2019 • Friends
Good place to learn about the protection of bogs. If you are fortunate enough to have Catherine as your guide, and we were, then you are in for a great treat and learning experience. Memorable in any case, but particularly memorable because of her.
Written 30 May 2019
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Bernie H
19 contributions
information visit
Jan 2018
some years ago i visited this place and it was a hive of activity. I do not think the upkeep is great now and I was disappointed with my last visit
Written 11 December 2018
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Natasha H
Kildare, Ireland162 contributions
Nice day out
Jun 2018 • Family
Good day out quite educational, not a full day like just a hour or two of things to do and see. Good trip for townies that wouldn't be used to a bog etc
Written 22 July 2018
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Paul t
Navan, Ireland54 contributions
Great surprise at how good this place is.
Jul 2017 • Family
Great surprise at how good this place is. It's old and run down but the kids loved the hands on activities and all the nature on show. Lots of fun learning. The newt farm was great.
Written 30 June 2018
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karlconnolly
Westborough, MA797 contributions
The secrets of the Bog revealed
Mar 2018 • Couples
As a kid I’d haul wheelbarrows of turf from my grandda’s shed, up the drive and into the house, where the range burned with the unmistakable smell of smokey turf.
Uneven bricks of brown earth interlaced with ancient wood, turf has been the fuel to cook, heat and nuture with for centuries in Ireland and the nature center does a good job at laying out how peat forms, how it was cut, and how it shaped life in rural Ireland.
Inside the museum there are exhibits to help you understand the history of turf. The host is incredibly friendly, engaging and willing to discuss any questions you may have.
Tea is served in the green house, which in early spring had not yet reached its full potential of bloom, however, the carnivorous plants were already doing well. Outside in the nature center are various bog configurations, with plants, mosses and grasses native to the Bog of Allen.
A Bog is a wonderous place. A place of stark contrast to the lush greenland around it. Dry, dusty and floral in summer, and wet, dark and soggy in winter, with deep channels cut and filled with water harboring all kinds of ecosystems. Learn here how you can protect and care for this precious resource so that it can flourish for generations to come.
The center is close to the canal, where you could easily spend hours outdoors after learning about the Bog and everything it offers to an informed eye. Your visit will no doubt support the center and help it to continue to grow. A nice way to spend an hour or more.
Written 29 March 2018
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kevmal
Tullamore, Ireland180 contributions
Very interesting
Sep 2017 • Couples
Great way to spend an hour, very interesting, i grew up close to the bog but never really passed much heed to it, you will be shown around the little museum and anything you need to know will be explained by very informed staff. Will be back again soon when i have a bit more time to explore the bog walk etc.
Written 2 November 2017
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