Scohaboy Bog

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Scohaboy Bog (Móin na Scotha Buí in Irish) is a large raised bog in County Tipperary in Ireland. It lies approximately 6 km northeast of Cloughjordan village, Co. Tipperary. Scohaboy Bog is a national demonstration site for Coillte Forest`s 4th LIFE Project , “Demonstrating Best Practice in Raised Bog Restoration in Ireland” – No. : LIFE09 NAT/IE/000222. The project is a nature conservation project jointly funded by EU DG-Environment, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Coillte under the EU LIFE-Nature Programme. The Cloughjordan Community Development Committee are the local community partners in the project.

What makes a bog like Scohaboy so rare is the fact that it still has a substantial area of active raised bog where the conditions are right for peat to continue to form and where the typical species of plants and animals can thrive. Scohaboy Bog supports a good diversity of raised bog microhabitats, including extensive hummock/hollow complexes and being one of the more southerly raised bogs in the country, this adds significantly to its ecological value. A site like Scohaboy represents some of the last remnants of this habitat still in existence in the Atlantic region of the EU and as such, it is a site of European and international importance.

The project is being managed by Coillte and focuses on the restoration of 636 ha of raised bog habitat on 17 Coillte owned sites within the Natura 2000 Network and in Natural Heritage Areas. This project implements best practice restoration techniques developed in Coillte’s previous Raised Bog Restoration Project (LIFE04 NAT/IE/000121). between the N52 and R490 roads.[1] As well as the other typical high bog plants the large flat raised bog provides habitat for the rare Sphagnum imbricatum and Prunus padus has been previously recorded.[2]

Protection[edit]

The bog was declared a Natural Heritage Area (ref. NHA 393) in 2005 and is soon to be upgraded to S.A.C. status.[3][4]

Present land use[edit]

For centuries peat bogs have been harvested for turf (peat) for use as fuel for domestic fires. The tradition continues at Scohaboy. There has been afforestation to the north of the site at Sopwell woods. There is evidence of drainage activity and fire damage.[2] As part of a LIFE-Nature conservation project (ref. LIFE09 NAT/IE/000222) Coillte are restoring the bog by removing non-native tree species, blocking drains and noting changes in vegetation and water levels. The project is funded by The LIFE Programme, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Coillte. A 400m wooden bog bridge enables access to the bog and leads to a raised platform where visitors can see the conservation works up close.[4]

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Coordinates: 52°58′44″N 8°03′29″W / 52.979°N 8.058°W / 52.979; -8.058