Burrenbeo December 2020 Snapshot

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Burrenbeo December 2020 Snapshot

Winter has well and truly arrived in the Burren and is evident in all the beautiful ways it  has transformed the landscape; the water is returning to the turloughs along with the wildfowl, the cattle are happy in the hills and the winter light is casting fascinating shadows on the limestone.  As we approach the end of this extraordinary year, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our members and supporters for their unwavering support throughout this difficult time.  We hope that 2021 brings us opportunities to be together again, exploring and learning in the Burren.  But for now we wish all our readers a peaceful and happy Christmas.  As you celebrate, be sure to support your local businesses – there are plenty of great local gifts to be found and if you can, we encourage you to source your gifts from  Burrenbeo’s business friends who support our work towards a sustainable future for the Burren.  Nollaig shona dhaoibh!

Áibtheo Primary and Secondary

Áitbheo Secondary programme is currently underway with four schools – Seamount Kinvara, Mercy College Woodford, Gort Community School and Coláiste Baile Chláír, Claregalway.  We also have some primary schools lined up to start the Áitbheo Primary programme and our education officers will be in with them as soon as restrictions allow.   Áitbheo (Living-Place) is Burrenbeo’s  place-based learning programme that aims to engage students with their local place and ultimately to empower them to take action to create the place they want for their future.

Conservation and Members’ Walks postponed until further notice

Our monthly events like Members’ Walks and Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteer events have been paused due to the current restrictions, but as soon as we are allowed, we will schedule them again.  If you would like to become a member of the Trust please sign up here.  The Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers have plenty of projects, both old and new, to get moving on again, so do look out for the notifications.  If you would like to join the Conservation Volunteer mailing list please drop us a line at volunteer@burrenbeo.com

Burrenbeo Gifts to support a sustainable Burren

A reminder that our online shop is open for a range of wonderful gifts that come with free delivery to anywhere in Ireland and the U.K.  You will find ‘The Calf and the Cuckoo’, a newly published children’s book on winterage, Christmas cards with stunning images of the Burren, Burren Field Guides, set of 5 limited- edition Burren Insight Magazines, the Áitbheo Toolkit for place-based learning, as well as a 1-year gift membership of the Trust.  Your purchase will support Burrenbeo Trust, an inclusive, independent, and transparent charity working towards the sustainable future of the Burren.  Please order before 14th Dec for deliveries before Christmas!

Galway Community Biodiversity Training

We are delighted to announce that the following groups were successful in their applications to take part in our Community Biodiversity Training and Awareness Programme; Woodford Parish Development, Kinvara Tidy Towns, Oranmore Age Action Group, Claregalway Tidy Towns, Ardrahan Biodiversity Group, Gort Tidy Towns and River Walk Group.  We look forward to working with these six communities.  Training will begin in January.  This project is funded under the Rural Environment Theme of LEADER 2014-2020 through Galway Rural Development.

Sponsor ‘The Calf and the Cuckoo’ book for your local school

If you would like to sponsor Burrenbeo’s newly published children’s book on Burren winterage for the children in your local primary school/s we would be delighted to facilitate that at a discounted price.  ‘The Calf and the Cuckoo’, written by children’s author and farmer Shane Casey and illustrated by wildlife artist Gordon D’Arcy, tells the story of Burren’s unique farming tradition from the point of view of Sarah the calf and Colin the Cuckoo.  Many thanks to John Duncan of Lahinch Family Medical Centre for sponsoring this book for 182 children attending Rinneen, Moy, Lahinch, Liscannor and Ennistymon National Schools and Mol an Oige, Ennistymon.  Find out more about the book.

For information on ongoing community initiatives and events, please scroll down on the
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Burrenbeo Business Members’ News in brief:

Airmid Natural Handmade Skincare are offering a range of luxurious locally produced gift sets handmade in the Burren in eco-friendly sustainable packaging.

Burren College of Art have a ‘restoration action’ performative event called ‘Coming Full Circle’ scheduled for December.

St Tola Irish Goats Cheese are offering a range of delicious food selection boxes on their on-line shop.

The Burren Smokehouse are offering shipping of their Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon as well as hampers of local food to family & friends worldwide.

The Burren Perfumery is continuing to ship worldwide on all orders over €70 and can include gift cards and personal messages on request.

The Health Store Galway in Briarhill, is open through out December and January including the holiday period.

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

We encourage you to support those who support us! Find the full list of our Business Friends or check them out in the image below.

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.