Wetlands are crucial sites for biodiversity, and also serve other functions such as acting as carbon sinks and helping with flood mitigation. To plan properly for conservation of these important sites in Laois, Laois Heritage Office, with support from the National Biodiversity Action Plan, has commissioned Wetland Surveys Ireland to carry out a survey of wetlands of all types in the county.
Phase I of the survey was carried out in 2021 – this was a desk study, using existing surveys and data to create a full picture of where the different wetland types were located across the county. Phase II will involve selecting a range of sites for detailed field survey.
Wetland Surveys Ireland have created a series of storymaps showing wetlands in Ireland, with details of all wetlands in the country, and more detailed maps of wetlands in counties where full county surveys have already been completed. in time we hope that the Laois data will be available in a similar way.
Results and reports will be posted here when available.
One of the best known and most important wetlands in the County is Abbeyleix Bog, managed by the local community in partnership with Bord na Mona. As part of our focus on wetlands, the Heritage Office of Laois County Council has supported the work of the Abbeyleix Bog Project in carrying out research at the site in recent years. Details of surveys and reports are below.
Laois County Council is grateful to the National Biodiversity Action Plan, an initiative of the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, for supporting the Laois Wetland Survey and Abbeyleix Bog Research.