By Joe Barrett
Two Laois organisations have received funding for peatlands related projects.
Announcing the details today Minister of State at the Department of Finance Seán Fleming said that the funding is for volunteer groups and environmental organisations in relation to projects that they have designed covering such areas as information gathering and increasing awareness of peatlands in their area.
Abbeyleix Bog Project has been awarded €12,605.33 to procure equipment and software to develop skills amongst the Abbeyleix Bog Project volunteers and to use this to collect survey data and map over 3,000 peat dams that were installed.
While Mountrath Scout Group has been awarded €2,315.47 to run a series of awareness and education days at Knockacollier Bog Special Area of Conversation and engage experts to run workshops, erect signage at entrance of the bog, install wildlife cameras and survey area using drone.
Minister Fleming said: “These projects will increase people’s knowledge of nature and biodiversity but also help people in terms of physical and mental health and wellbeing. Investments in nature are of enormous social value especially in these challenging times.”