Boora Bog

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Lough Boora Parkland

Boora Bog (Irish Portach na Buaraí) is a cutaway peat bog situated in County Offaly, Ireland.[1] Peat was harvested for fuel between the 1950s and 1970s, and the land is now being reclaimed for agricultural and eco-tourism use. There was a lake called Lough Boora (Loch na Buaraí), which was drained by Bord na Móna, but was not used for peat production: this area is now maintained as a nature reserve by the Irish Wildlife Trust. There are two angling lakes.[2]

Archaeology[edit]

In 1977, a prehistoric site was discovered at Lough Boora. Excavations revealed a temporary settlement dated to the Mesolithic era. No structures were discovered, but stone axe heads, arrow heads, and blades were discovered, surrounding a series of fire sites. The finds were dated to approximately between 6800 BCE and 6000 BCE.[3]

Sculpture Park[edit]

Sculpture in the Parklands is a 50-acre (200,000 m2) land and environmental sculpture park located in Boora Bog. The first artworks were commissioned in 2002 during a symposium where seven Irish and international artists worked over a three-week residency period. Eight large, site-specific sculptures were created during the symposium, blending into the natural environment and the industrial legacy of the bog lands. The park can be visited all year round.[4]

Wildlife[edit]

Boora is the Irish stronghold of the grey partridge. A conservation project funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service has turned the fortunes of the species around from a critically low 22 to 932 birds.[5][6] Other species seen regularly include hen harrier, common buzzard, cuckoo, merlin, green sandpiper and ruff. Over 130 species of resident and migrant birds have been recorded in the discovery park, and the mammals present include deer, a herd of wild goats, badgers, hares and bats.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The parklands". Lough Boora Parklands. Archived from the original on 11 February 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Lough Boora Nature Reserve, Co. Offaly". The Irish Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Activities in Offaly: The Bogland - Na Portaigh (section)". Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society. 2009. Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  4. ^ "Sculpture in the Parklands". Lough Boora Parklands. Archived from the original on 15 September 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Irish Grey Partridge Conservation Trust". Irish Grey Partridge Conservation Trust. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  6. ^ Collins, Richard (7 November 2011). "Covey boost for partridge family". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Wildlife". Lough Boora Discovery Park. Retrieved 10 March 2020.

Coordinates: 53°13′05″N 7°43′41″W / 53.218°N 7.728°W / 53.218; -7.728