When the Nightjar Returns… The Natural History and Human Story of Killaun Bog, County Offaly, John Feehan
‘At a time of such concern for the surviving natural fabric of the planet, the Greater Killaun Project is an inspiration for local community care. The bog and its Birchwood are now both protected and accessible, the boardwalk both a path to peace and an invitation to a wilder world. Such concern for such a special place will keep it as Killaun’s natural treasure island.’ Michael Viney
John Feehan with St Brendan’s Community School Birr. A new book on Killaun bog. Over the past year and half two exciting projects have been happening at Killaun Bog which is just to the east of Birr town. Firstly the 30-year old wooden boardwalk in the reserve owned by St Brendan’s School was replaced and there is now a super new boardwalk from Irish Recycled Products in Birr Town. Secondly John Feehan has brought together the most wonderful publication about the evolution of the bog, how it has been used over the centuries and what it might become in the future. It is a story like no other featuring bears, Birr Barracks rifle range, Jack Pots, Young Scientist competition winner and fantastic photography, the site being one of photographer Tina Claffey’s ‘my offices today’ sites and local patch for citizen scientist Rachel McKenna (who took the image of the large emerald moth pg. 119). There is detailed mapping published including beautiful and informative maps courtesy of the Birr Castle archives. It will be of interest to all those associated with Birr, interested in the future of peatlands and the community story of the school’s involvement.