Mires are Full of Adventures
Communication within the Boreal Peatland LIFE project
Mires are typical nature of Finland (Fenland). Our country has mires of all sizes and several types; treeless and nutrient rich fens, pine bogs with wind and snow shaped pines, shadowy spruce mires and alluvial mire meadows just to mention a few examples of the remarkable diversity of mires of Finland. The fore mentioned mires form various kinds of mire habitat types such as aapa mires and concentric bogs.
Increasing the knowledge on mires and public awareness
We actively informed the public on actions and progress of the project as well as on the magnificent diversity of the mires.
The peatlands were promoted with the production of a series of videos combining both drawing and videoclips in an exciting way.
Boreal Peatlands Today videos on Youtube (and DVD programmes at visitor centres) tell the schoolchildren about the natural and cultural values of mires and about the project: its actions and results.
A portable mire exhibition with a nature quiz was prepared in 2012 and it circulates in the visitor centres across the country.
We have also published a handbook for the restoration of drained peatlands: Ecological restoration on drained peatlands – best practises from Finland (julkaisut.metsa.fi).
Excursions and improved recreational routes
Guided mire excursions for children have been organised especially at the mires in Pirkanmaa region. An excursion guide with mire related tasks has been published for teachers of children in kindergarten age and for 10 year-olds.
Furthermore, boardwalks and bird watching towers were improved at Kauhaneva and Kilpisuo. Excursions for disabled people have been organised yearly for example at Haapakeidas and Torronsuo. These sites have recreational routes suitable for wheel chairs.
More information on mires:
- Finnish Peatland Society (www.suoseura.fi/)
- International Mire Conservation Group (www.imcg.net/)
- International Peat Society (peatsociety.org)
- Finland – land of mires. – Electronic publication in the series Finnish Environment 23/2006 (www.environment.fi > Publications)
- Mires of Finland – Daughters of the Baltic Sea. – Electronic publication in the series Finnish Environment 28/2006 (www.ymparisto.fi > Publications
- Vapo Group (www.vapo.fi/)
- The project ended in 2014 and published its results in the layman´s report (julkaisut.metsa.fi)
- Handbook for the restoration work, published in 2014 (julkaisut.metsa.fi)
- 10 educational videos for schools
Teacher’s material for mire education (in Finnish, julkaisut.metsa.fi)
- including After LIFE conservation plan of Boreal Peatland LIFE (julkaisut.metsa.fi)