International bogs celebrated on Exmoor

NEWS FROM EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK

July 2015 sees the unique role of bogs celebrated globally and Exmoor National Park is marking the occasion with a special boggy event.

The UK has 20% of the world’s blanket bog with Exmoor fortunate to have some of this rare and fascinating habitat.  This landscape is often considered to be the UK’s equivalent of Brazil’s exotic rainforest; it is a huge store of carbon dioxide and home to numerous endangered species and even a carnivorous plant, the sundew.
International celebrations occur as far afield as Estonia, Ireland and America. Exmoor will be at the heart of this year’s celebrations with its unique Bogtastic event on Wednesday 29July, 10am – 4pm, based in and around Simonsbath. This  ‘drop in’ is event will feature the Bogstacle course, stream dipping, bog safaris, the opportunity to visit one of the South West’s last remaining operational water powered sawmills and lots more all-weather and undercover activities. There is something for everyone with toilets, food and free entry.
“Exmoor’s bogs give us so much to celebrate – from wonderful habitat and carbon storage to the water that ultimately ends up in our taps. Bogtastic is a great opportunity stop and think about the significance of bogs for all of us!” –  said Morag Angus, project manager, Exmoor Mires Project
Patrick Watts-Mabbott, Exmoor National Park volunteer and outreach officer commented: “Bogtastic will have something for everyone, from live bats to boggy walks. Entry is free and there is a travel bursary for community groups.’

For further information on Bogtastic please contact 01598 752509 or visit http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/ or the face book pagewww.tinyurl.com/Bogtastic15<http://www.tinyurl.com/Bogtastic15>.  #Bogtastic15. Bogtastic is financially supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, South West Water and Exmoor National Park Partnership Fund through the Heart of Exmoor Scheme.

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