CANN – a celebration and a summary

CANN was a cross-border conservation project to improve peatland and wetland habitats for wildlife and for people.

This booklet celebrates and summarizes the achievements of the eleven partners in the CANN Project, between 2016 and 2022.

CANN, Collaborative Action for the Natura Network, was an INTERREG VA project, one of 60 programmes across the European Union designed to promote greater levels of cross-border co-operation. CANN worked across Northern Ireland, Ireland and Scotland, liaising closely with landowners and land managers to improve the condition of over 25,000ha of internationally important wildlife sites. All the sites involved are Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), designated by the European Union.

Eleven partner organisations worked together, carried out detailed ecological and hydrological research and prepared 26 Conservation Action Plans. They also undertook practical conservation actions
from these plans to improve the condition of peatland and wetland SACs. CANN delivered citizen science and outreach activities to local communities and schools, co-ordinated training for staff and volunteers and shared best practice. CANN achieved key EU biodiversity targets, safeguarding the sites
and ensuring their future.


Download a pdf copy here. Or for an easier reading experience have a look at this flipbook

Lough Arrow – A Gem in our Midst

A lovely booklet by the Coomhola Salmon Trust as part of the educational outreach programme at Lough Arrow. This book is designed to help families in the catchment of Lough Arrow to understand the factors that affect the quality of the water that local people rely on for drinking, angling, farming, recreation and tourism. A copy was given to every child in the eight schools that took part in the Streamscapes programme in September 2022 or you can down load a copy by clicking on the  link below.

Lough Arrow – a Gem in our Midst

Jute laying at Lough Arrow


Outline Interpretive Plan for Cuilcagh and Anierin

This outline interpretive plan was created as part of an interpretive project for Cuilcagh and Anierin. While it specifically looks at how the decisions were made about what interpretation was carried out at this particular site; it also features best practice advice for creating a full Interpretive Plan for an area or a site and hints and tips for getting the best interpretive writing for panels being erected by land managers elsewhere wanting to interpret their conservation actions or the species that make their homes on the site

front cover of interpretive plan

Open the pdf by clicking the link below

Outline interpretive plan

Booklet of Peat-based Haiku poems

The arts have a huge role in communicating science to non-scientists and can be a valuable bridging tool in helping interpret scientific principles.

The Haiku (or Sci-cu or Scientific haiku) is short and sweet. Anyone can write one, using the simple formula of 3 lines with syllables counts of 5, 7 and 5 . Trying to distil scientific principles and messages into this most concise mode of communication brings a rigorous discipline to the work that appeals to scientists. Haiku has a traditional association with the natural world and its brevity is also ideal for Twitter with its strict character count, so the CANN project decided to celebrate COP26 by tweeting a Haiku-a-day on the subject of peat’s role in combatting climate change in the run-up to the meeting in November 2021. A brief explanation of the science behind the haiku was also given in 280 characters.

These Haiku Tweets were widely shared and it was one of our most popular social media campaigns ever, so we decided to collect all the haiku together in this little booklet and publish them on the website

To download a copy as pdf, click here

Or for an easier reading experience online, go to the flipbook click here


For Peat’s Sake – a Bog Infographic

We have just published this handy little A5 infographic. This simple, quick reference guide provides information at your finger tips, with easy, memorable icons.  What is a bog? Why are bogs important? How can a bog be damaged? How can bogs be protected and managed?

To download a copy, click here .

Or for an easier reading experience online go to the flip book here 

Printed copies are available from the Monaghan County Council Heritage Office

Eye Spy Wildlife on Sliabh Beagh

This booklet is part of the Keep Well campaign funded by the Irish Government. It is aimed at showing people of all ages how we can mind our own physical and mental health & wellbeing by adding healthy and helpful habits to our daily and weekly routines. Recording wildlife on your regular walk adds extra richness and will encourage you to go out more often.

Open the pdf by clicking the link below

Eye Spy Wildlife on Sliabh Beagh

or, for an easier reading experience, click here to open a flipbook version.

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