53 raised bogs in Ireland are designated as SACs, and a ban on turf harvesting was put in place in 2011.
Illegal turf harvesting is still taking place, despite a ban which has been in place for 12 years.
Figures released by the Irish Wildlife Trust have found 330 plots were cut from Special Areas of Conservation in 2022.
53 raised bogs in Ireland are designated as SACs, and a ban on turf harvesting in these areas was put in place in 2011.
Campaign Officer with the Irish Wildlife Trust, Pádraic Fogarty, is calling on the State to intervene: