Northern Ireland, with its mild, wet climate, is the true home of peatbogs. Our biodiversity strategy for Northern Ireland explains some of the work we're doing to look after blanket bog on the top of Divis Mountain, overlooking Belfast; heaths on thinner peats at Fair Head, a stunning coastal headland in Co Antrim; and on Slieve Donard, the highest mountain of the Mournes in Co Down.
We are restoring a superb raised bog at The Argory, Co Armagh, by blocking ditches, and removing invading woody growth on the bog surface and denser woodland around the marginal position of the lagg fen. Once in good condition, the blanket bog on Cushleake Mountain, Co Antrim, was badly burned in 2011. We are monitoring its recovery and plan to resurvey over 1,000 hectares of blanket bog next year.