The designation for wildlife is the Natural Heritage Area (NHA), which aims to protect habitats which hold species of plants and animals.
To date, 75 raised bogs have been given legal protection, covering some 23,000 hectares. These raised bogs are located mainly in the midlands. A further 73 blanket bogs, covering 37,000ha, mostly in western areas are also designated as NHAs.
The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) is compiling a list of geological/geomorphological sites in need of protection through NHA designation, with a committee of expert geologists who will provide an initial list of sites that will be examined further. Longford has 4 designated NHAs including Forthill and Mount Jessop Bogs.