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Curraghs Wildlife Park to mark International Bog Day 26 July 2005

    Curraghs Wildlife Park to mark International Bog Day.

    International Bog Day, traditionally the last Sunday in July, has been designed to celebrate the beauty of bogs and to help conserve them. Developed at the edge of the Ballaugh Curraghs, the largest wetland nature conservation site in the Isle of Man, the Curraghs Wildlife Park endorses the principles involved in conserving bogs and mires, as such wetlands are formally known.

    International Bog Day will be marked by an illustrated talk on the wildlife associated with bogs and the importance of conserving the bogs we have left, followed by a walk through the curragh, led by John Dog Callister, looking at the wildlife in part of the Ballaugh Curraghs, the largest lowland peat site in the Isle of Man.

    The talk will commence at 1.30pm with the walk taking place at 2pm. Persons taking part in the walk are advised to wear waterproof footwear.

    Peatlands are the most widespread of all wetland types in the World, representing 50 to 70% of global wetlands, although wetlands have been diminished by 50% in the last two hundred years by human activity. They cover over four million km2 or 3% of the land and freshwater surface of the planet. In these ecosystems are found one third of the world's soil carbon and 10% of global freshwater resources. These ecosystems are characterised by the unique ability to accumulate and store dead plant matter commonly, from moss, sedge, reed and tree species, as pear, under conditions of almost permanent water saturation. Peatlands are adapted to the extreme conditions of high water and low oxygen content of toxic elements and low availability of plant nutrients.

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