Designated Bogs

Raised bogs are extremely rare in global terms and are sites of European and international importance. Active raised bog is particularly important as it is bog that is continuing to lay down peat. A significant portion of the world’s remaining active raised bog can be found in Ireland.

Many raised bogs in Ireland are protected by European and national conservation legislation. 53 raised bogs have been designated as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) under the EU Habitats Directive. 75 raised bogs have been designed as Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs) under the Wildlife Act.