Burrenbeo April 2021 Snapshot

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Burrenbeo April 2021 Snapshot

Gentian (image above), the iconic flower of the Burren, is best seen here in late April and early May and we are looking forward to reports of its first sightings in the weeks ahead.   This stunning-blue 5-petalled flower, with a white throat, is typically found in Alpine regions but its stronghold in Britain and Ireland has to be the Burren where it is widely found.   Gentiana verna in Latin and Ceadharlach Bealtaine in Irish, this distinctive flower, whenever you may come across it, is sure to stop you in your tracks.   Thank you, as ever, for your continued interest in and support of our work.   For those who don’t yet, we invite you to Support Us by becoming a member or donating.

‘Turlough Hill – Between heaven and a hard place’ with Stefan Bergh

A Members-only Wonderful Wednesday Webinar

8pm, Wed, 14th April

Registration link to be sent to members

With Monthly Members Walks a no go for now, we are launching a new 6-part monthly series of webinars on the various aspects of, and contemporary research on, the Burren’s heritage for Burrenbeo members, starting this month.   The webinars will take place from 8 to 9 pm on the second Wednesday of each month between April and September.   In the first of these talks we will hear from archaeologist Stefan Bergh on the prehistoric significance of Turlough hill in the Burren.   In May, we will be joined by woodland ecologist, Jenni Roche, who will talk about her research into Ireland’s only known stand of native pine in the Burren.   Registration links will be emailed to members only.   You can sign up to be a Burrenbeo member here.   Recordings of most of the talks will be uploaded to our YouTube channel afterwards.

The Burren Pine Project Update

We have now finished planting three mini-forests in the Burren which together host 300 young native pine trees along with 900 native companion species such as birch, alder, oak, spindle, guelder rose, holly, whitethorn and hazel.    The Burren Pine Project was launched in December last year with the annual target of planting 500 native pine trees to restore this nearly ‘lost’ species to Irish natural flora.   We are thrilled with the support we  have received so far and continue to welcome sponsorship from individuals and businesses interested in helping us in this unique ecological restoration initiative.   Read more at The Burren Pine Project. 

Galway Community Biodiversity Training Update

Six communities (Woodford, Gort, Kinvara, Oranmore, Claregalway and Ardrahan) have completed their Place-Based Biodiversity Training online and are now working on their Local Biodiversity Plans.   Twelve skills training sessions have been organised to help them turn their plans into reality.   These kicked off with Dr. Janice Fuller who gave a talk about Planting Native Trees and Hedges.   Other topics which will be covered in April include Community Engagement, Conservation Volunteering, Creating a Community Garden, Planting for Pollinators, Managing Grassland for Wildflower Meadow, Habitat Mapping, Using Social Media to Engage and Inform, Practical Actions on Invasive Species, Protecting your Local Fresh Water Habitats, Creating Artificial Roosts for Bats and Bird Box Installation.   The Biodiversity Training Programme is funded by LEADER through Galway Rural Development

Burren in Bloom Online – Save the dates!

Tues 18th – Sat 22nd May

The UN has proclaimed 22nd May the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.   This year we celebrate Burren in Bloom 2021, to coincide with this internationally significant date.   We are delighted that we will once again be partnering with the All Ireland Pollinator Plan of the National Biodiversity Data Centre to bring some inspiring stories, talks and workshops on understanding and enhancing biodiversity in the Burren and beyond.   A particular focus of the events will be on the role of ‘Community Stewardship’ in tackling biodiversity crisis in our local places.   A detailed programme is coming soon but, for now, do save the dates.

Students from a local primary school to receive  “The Calf and the Cuckoo”, the book on Winterage

We would like to say a special thanks to Burrenbeo member, Rita McInerney, who has sponsored the Northampton primary school students from 1st to 4th class to receive free copies of the book, ‘The Calf and the Cuckoo’, in memory and celebration of the life of past pupil Margaret McInerney, whose love of school, learning and life inspired her family and community.   The book, ‘The Calf and the Cuckoo’, written by Burren farmer Shane Casey, and illustrated by wildlife artist Gordon D’Arcy, is the story about the Burren’s farming heritage,  as told by Sarah, a young shorthorn calf, and Colin, the cuckoo.   The book is available to buy from our Online Shop.   But if you are interested in sponsoring this book for your local primary school/s, we will offer them at whole sale price – please email us at info@burrenbeo.com

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Burrenbeo Business Members’ News in brief:
Burren College of Art has announced a new programme: Summer Academy – Art & Ecosocial Justice, which will take place from June 21- July 10, 2021.
The Burren Farm Expereince – we extend a warm welcome to our newest Business Member.
The Burren Perfumery is continuing to offer free shipping worldwide on all orders over €70.
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