News & Events

July is sphagnum moss appreciation month

Drop into the Visitor Centre during July to see the temporary sphagnum moss display. Items of interest include a BT Young Scientists display award project by students from Moate Community College. They investigated the effects of drainage on the growth of sphagnum moss. A reference collection of sphagnum will be available view using microscopes and colouring sheets and crafts will be available for young children.



Curlew Watching July 6th to 8th

This is a unique opportunity to hear and see the behaviour of the rare Curlew on a raised bog before they move quietly into grassland in the coming weeks. Once a common sight in Ireland they are now a rare sight to behold. NPWS staff will be available each morning this week from 09:15 to 09:45 with a spotting scope and binoculars to allow you experience a snippet of the world of the precious curlew. Meet at the bench on the boardwalk.



International Bog Day 28th July

This is a family event jointly run by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Laois/Offaly Irish Wildlife Trust. Enjoy a few fun filled hours outdoors exploring the wildlife of a raised bog. Booking is essential and can be made through emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



Peat dam building demonstration (Heritage Week 23rd August)

After the protection of Clara bog in the late 1980's the conservation work began. This involved the installation of over 4000 drain dams across the bog to prevent it from drying out and being lost forever. This work took several years to complete and was often done by hand! Meet one of the original dam builders who is now the conservation ranger for the area. This is a unique opportunity to get a comprehensive modern history of the reserve with one who knows it best today. For more information phone the Visitor Centre or log on to


Raised bog nature walk (Heritage Week 24th August)

Join NPWS guides for a leisurely stroll on Clara bog. Hear the history of its conservation and discover the wildlife you never knew existed. For more information log on to or phone the Centre.



1st and 2nd class pupils from St. Joseph's National School, Tullamore created the art work below. It was inspired by insects and spiders found on Clara Bog Nature Reserve. After the art sessions the pupils spent time looking for these creatures on the reserve. Well done to all. The art work will remain on exhibition for another week.