WORK is continuing every Saturday on construction of another bridge at Abbeyleix Bog, which will link up with existing walks in the beautiful wildlife reserve.
Volunteers have been working at the site since early March and it is hoped that the latest project will be completed within the next few weeks.
The new bridge will increase the number of walkway loops in the 500-acre conservation area, connecting the boardwalk on the high bog with the loop walk on the eastern side.
The walkways bring visitors closer to the natural habitat, allowing them to walk through the bog and view closely the wealth of flora and fauna without disturbing the sensitive conservation area. The Abbeyleix Bog Project committee’s primary aim is restoration and conservation of the site, while also allowing it to be used as a recreational area.
The site is a haven not only for wildlife lovers but also for families enjoying a day out, with colourful attractions for all ages that include tree-based fairy homes, trolls, a bug palace, unusual sculptures, giant nests and the magnificent boardwalk that leads visitors to the centre of the vast and scenic bog.
The looped timber walkways allow people to move safely through the boggy terrain and woodlands, which are particularly popular with photographers and nature lovers.
Volunteers are welcome to help with the latest construction project. Anyone who is interested can contact bog project committee member Chris Uys on 083 1106210 or email [email protected] for details.