Dr Peter Foss participated in the establishment of Wetland Surveys Ireland in 2007. Born in Dublin, he studied for his doctorate in University College Dublin, researching the ecology and post-glacial history of the Mediterranean Heath (Erica erigena) in the west of Ireland. A three year spell as post-doctoral fellow in the Botany Department of Trinity College Dublin followed, in the course of which he lectured and undertook research work on bogs in Sweden and Co. Offaly.
P eters interest in the conservation of Irish bogs led to his voluntary, and later full time involvement in the Save the Bogs Campaign of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC). In this role as Chief Executive of IPCC he guided the growth and development of the organisation over 15 years, making it one of Ireland’s largest and most successful environmental non-profit groups.
Since 2004 he has worked as an independent environmental consultant, working on a range of fen and wetland research and survey programmes within the framework of the National Fen Survey of Ireland being conducted by the National Parks & Wildlife Service. Peter is a member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, and the author of numerous books and has published extensively in scientific literature.