At a time in all our lives when a biodiversity emergency has been declared in Ireland, and when a just transition has been called for to support the workers who once worked the cutaway bog lands in Co. Longford, a two for one solution presents itself to the Irish Government and BNM, but is unfortunately not being utilised.
The cutaway bogs in Co. Longford is home to thousands of acres of land ready for rehabilitation, carbon capture and the return and ongoing protection of many of the Country's largest amounts of amber & red listed species of conservation.
Who better to help rehabilitate these lands but the very people who have worked it all their lives, the BNM employees.
Some of the species here to date include, Lapwing (breeding identified), Curlew, Black headed gull, Plover, Whimbrel, Water Rail, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Whooper Swan, Mute Swan, Great White Egret, Pine Marten, Newt, Frog & frog spawn, Marsh Fritillary to name just a few.
Unfortunately these species, despite their return, have lost many habitats over the past number of months with sustained pumping of the bogs to facilitate a proposed wind farm & afforestation on peat.
We are hereby calling on the Irish Government & BNM to immediately cease the ongoing & proposed desecration of these bogs and implement the Mid Shannon Wilderness Park to its full undiluted potential and answer both the calls of the biodiversity emergency and the just transition.