Bog education resources now available for the first time ever

Cors Fochno raised bog near Borth, Aberystwyth by Drew Buckley

As the world prepares to celebrate International Bog Day (26 July 2020) Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is marking the occasion by bringing the brilliance of bogs to an online audience with the launch of its all new Peatland Education Resource.

International Bog Day provides the platform to raise awareness of peatlands – the benefits they provide, the threats they face and the ways we can all help to protect them.

The Peatland Education Resource is the first ever created by NRW and the LIFE Welsh Raised Bogs Project, a £4million EU and Welsh Government funded project.  

The resources will offer activity plans and resource cards highlighting ‘Why bogs are important’, an interactive game called ‘To bog or not to bog’, and ‘Peat is neat’, all explaining the many benefits that peatlands provide for both people and the environment.

There will also be an online guided walk available to watch which will take the viewer around Cors Fochno raised bog and show its many wonders, as well as a Facebook Live event at 2pm where the audience will be able to learn more about the project and ask questions to the team. Go to our Facebook page to find out more.

Jack Simpson, LIFE Welsh Raised Bogs Project Officer said:

“We are really excited to be sharing these resources with educators in Wales and hope that these resources will inspire more teachers and learners to get out on their local bog and learn more about these important habitats.”

Peatlands are amongst Wales’ rarest and most important habitats and restoring them will help us in the fight against climate change and improve biodiversity.

All the activities and games will help teachers deliver against the current curriculum and will enable learners to progress in the way described in the four purposes of the Curriculum for Wales.

Ffion Hughes who works in the Health, Education and Natural Resources Team for Natural Resources Wales said:

“We hope that these resources will help learners to understand the structure and nature of peatlands, leading to better management techniques and the protection of this declining habitat and important carbon store for future generations.”

Download the Peatland Education Resources now.