Head along to Peatlands Park for International Bog Day on Sunday 27th July 2014
Do you think you could face swimming through mud, slime and mucky water?
Do you have the sense of adventure to take on the Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championships?
If you have answered yes to these questions and think you are up for the challenge, then sign up for the Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championships 2014 - contact details below.
The event, which is now in its tenth year, will take place at Peatlands Country Park on Sunday 27th July and attracts competitors from all over Ireland.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) is once again hosting the event, which will be held on International Bog Day and will help raise awareness of the importance of our bogs.
This energetic sport is very popular and gets people literally into the bog. Competitors have to swim two lengths of a 60-yard bog drain with the aid of a snorkel, mask and flippers and without using any conventional swimming strokes. Anyone over the age of 12 can have a go, it’s brilliant craic – and the good news is – it’s free to enter!
But there is a serious side to all this dirty fun. Our lowland raised bogs are home to many important species of birds, insects and a wealth of unusual plants. Exploitation has dramatically reduced the area once covered by peatlands to a level where in Northern Ireland only 9% of lowland raised bogs and 14% of upland blanket bogs remain. This annual event has been designed to celebrate the beauty of bogs and to help make people more aware of peatlands and the threats they face.
Times: Bog Day begins 11am, Bog Snorkelling begins at noon and runs until approx. 5pm
And if you don’t fancy swimming in a bog drain? There’ll be plenty to keep the whole family entertained at this event with live music, face painting, arts and crafts, guided walks across the bog, traditional turf cutting demonstrations, peat-free gardening advice and demonstrations, and walkabout characters as well as delicious food and drinks.
How to Enter
Entry Packs can be downloaded here OR can be picked up from the visitor centre at Peatlands Park OR contact Colin on 028 3885 1102 and a pack will be posted out to you. But hurry! The closing date for entry is 5pm on Sunday 6th July.
Places To Visit
Peatlands Park, close to the southern shores of Lough Neagh, was the first of its type in the British Isles and was specifically established to promote and facilitate peatland awareness and issues.