The sweetly scented fragrant orchid/ lus taghla (image above) is very common in the mid-summer pastures of the Burren.  Some say the smell – much stronger than that of the other orchids – is a little like that of cloves.  It is pollinated mainly by moths.

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Communities for Heritage event

2oth August, Corofin

Join us for a celebration of local community heritage action featuring showcases, workshops, fieldtrips, networking and a community feast.  Oral history recording, planting for pollinators, the Dos and Don’ts of creating ponds, planting trees, enhancing local waterways, community archaeology and managing community groups are some of the themes that will be discussed or demonstrated.  A fabulous community feast prepared by William McElhinney of Wildstrands, reconnecting participants with Irish Heritage food is also on the menu.  The objective of this one day event is to enable community groups to network and share solutions on locally led heritage conservation projects.  The event will also include the launch of the Clare Stories of Change exhibition where Clare based changemakers will share their climate actions.  This exhibition will also be open to the public on Sunday morning.  Communities for Heritage event is open to all but booking in advance will be necessary through the link above.

Burren Turloughs


Micheline Sheehy Skeffington

8pm, Wednesday, 10th August

A Burrenbeo Members’ Webinar

Join us for an online talk with botanist and educator Micheline Sheehy Skeffington.  Micheline taught plant ecology at NUI Galway.  She has led annual botanical field courses in the Burren for 30 years and has supervised postgraduate students in the Burren, focusing on sustainable agriculture and working with the Burren Farming for Conservation Programme  (predecessor to the Burren Programme) staff.  She specialises in wetland ecology, including turloughs, flood-meadows and peatlands and has published widely on these subjects.
Registration link is emailed to members. You can become a member at
Recordings will be made available on our Youtube channel afterwards.

Heritage Week Online Talk:

‘Excavation of a hut site at Lismoher, Co. Clare’ with Elaine Lynch

7pm, Wednesday, 17th August

Registration link

Join us for an online talk on a community archaeological excavation that was carried out at a Burren hut site.   The talk will give a background to the archaeology of the area, the processes involved in an excavation, along with preliminary findings and artefacts which were uncovered from the excavation.  This excavation was funded by the Royal Irish Academy.   The Field Monument Advisor Programme is supported by the Heritage Council under the Heritage Sector Support Fund 2022. Open to all, please register at the link above.

Burrenbeo Members’ Walks

The July Members’ Walk had Burren farmers John and Ann Burke lead a wonderful hike up their farm in Fanore.   The stunning triple ring fort of Cahercommaun was the venue this year for our July annual family walk and picnic in memory of our co-founder Ann O’Connor Dunford.  A huge thank you to our walk leaders and volunteers for continuing to support the Trust.   The August walk will have archaeologist Dick Cronin lead a walk at the 15th century Dystert O’Dea Castle in Corofin.   Registration links and details for monthly Members’ Walks are emailed to members.  To become a member please visit

Burren Pine Project Update

Our special thank you to the Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers who have taken on the guardianship of the 7 Burren Pine Project sites.  The Pine Project guardians will be looking after these mini-woodland sites through regular visits, maintenance work and recording and reporting on the progress of the trees. Thanks to the pine sponsorship support from individuals and businesses, our project continues to grow and we are delighted to say that we have enough trees sponsored to start planting on site number 8.  These mini-woodland sites are being donated by local landowners and assessed for their suitability by the Burren Programme staff.   Help us reach our goal of 10 Burren Pine sites by the end of this year by sponsoring a pine tree for your friends, family or staff!  Visit

Save the Dates in 2022!

20th August:  Communities for Heritage event

28th – 30th October:   The Burren Winterage Weekend

For information on ongoing community initiatives and events, please scroll down on the Community News & Events Page

Burrenbeo Business Members’ News in brief:

Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark will be hosting several bespoke events to celebrate Heritage Week, August 13th to 21st.

Burren Farm Experience are open for the camping seasons.  Bespoke tours available.

Burren Premium Beef available at Kinvara Farmers Market and online.

Feel The Burren is hosting ‘Samhain Challenge’, a 10km walk or run, on Saturday, 29th October.  Group discounts are available.

Hanna T. Fisker has a new Nordic accommodation surrounded by breath taking scenery of the Caher Valley in the Burren.

The Burren Perfumery is now open from 10am to 6pm daily.  Perfumery tours take place every day at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 4pm.

For full information on our Business Members’ News and Events please click here.

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Burrenbeo Trust is a landscape charity that does not receive any core funding.  We work hard to sustain our 25 plus programmes each year, connecting people with place and their role in caring for them.  There are many ways you can support us.