The ProjectIPCC owns and manages a number of peatlands for conservation in Counties Kildare and Waterford, also running the Bog of Allen Nature Centre which is open to visitors and school groups and IPCC provide an extensive information service via its website.
The project is aimed at protecting, enhancing and conserving the Marsh Fritillary Butterfly on Lullymore West Bog, Co. Kildare, Ireland. In addition to the Marsh Fritillary, the site is one of important wet land biodiversity and is valuable as an educational centre for peatland environments
By restoring and regenerating a cutaway peatland site, the project will maintain the internationally threatened Marsh Fritillary Butterfly population as well as expanding the area of suitable habitat for it and other species. This will be done through re-establishing the area’s natural drainage, setting boundaries, creating dedicated paths, gates and signage
A scientific analysis of the ecosystem will be used to structure the project with direct work being undertaken by volunteers. In addition there is a strong educational element both for visitors and the local population aiming to leave a lasting heritage for both wildlife and recreational visitors.