It’s easy to spot the pyramidal orchid or magairlín na stuaice (above) because of its pyramidal flowering head (when beginning to bloom, more cylindrical when in full bloom) with its stunning coral-pink colour.   It seems to particularly like growing in dunes but can be found on grasslands across the Burren.   A particular favourite of the six-spot burnet moth, it is said to have a ‘foxy’ scent.   We are looking forward to exploring the Burren in ‘real-life’ with the return of organised outdoor events in July.

Thank you, as ever, for your continued interest in and support of our work.   For those who have not yet, we invite you to Support Us by becoming a member or donating.

Managing the Burren for Butterflies with Jesmond Harding

A Members-only,

Wonderful Wednesday Webinar

8pm, Wednesday, 14th July

Registration link to be sent to members

In this webinar, one of Ireland’s foremost butterfly experts, Jesmond Harding,  will be joining us to talk about managing the landscape of the Burren for the protection of butterflies.   Jesmond Harding is the author of the award-winning book ‘Discovering Irish Butterflies & their Habitats’ published in 2008.   Jesmond is an active member of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council, Burrenbeo Trust, and Butterfly Conservation Ireland of which he is a director.   Jesmond regularly gives talks on lepidoptera and advises on habitat creation and management, especially for species under threat of extinction.   Registration link will be sent to members.   You can sign up to be a Burrenbeo member here.

Six County Galway communities share their Biodiversity Plans

Well done to the six communities in East and South County Galway who have completed their local biodiversity plans.  We are proud to publish them on our website.   These plans are a culmination of the Community Biodiversity Training which Galway Rural Development contracted Burrenbeo Trust to undertake for six communities in Co. Galway – Gort, Ardrahan, Kinvara, Claregalway, Oranmore and Woodford.   The biodiversity plans are truly theirs, written by their community, for their community.   The proposed actions in these plans to protect and enhance nature and wildlife are exceptionally diverse which reflects the interests of the groups and the local needs or issues identified.   We would also like to thank Marie Mannion, Galway County Heritage Officer, for covering the design and print costs of the plans.

Áitbheo Primary – North Clare, South Galway Schools can now apply

We are now open for applications from primary schools in North Clare and South Galway region that would like their students to receive Burrenbeo’s nine week place-based learning course starting in January 2022.   Áitbheo is delivered at no cost to the participating schools.   The course is targeted at 5th and 6th classes but may be extended to include other classes if necessary.   During nine sessions of approximately two hours each, this hands-on and fun learning experience will help students investigate their local place and their role in its future.   Find out more about our Áitbheo Primary course.

Burrenbeo Members’ Midsummer Walk

Wednesday, 14th July

We are back to ‘real-life’ outdoor events for our members – albeit in restricted numbers – with our Midsummer Walk, an annual gathering in the Burren to remember our late co-founder Ann O’Connor Dunford.   There are two Members’ Walks being organised for this day, in the heart of the Burren, and places are all nearly booked up for this.   We expect that this lovely event will mark the resumption of our monthly Members’ Walks which will take place on the first Sunday of each month starting in August.   A pre-booking system will apply for these walks, the details of which will be sent to members.   You can sign up to be a Burrenbeo member here.

Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers

We would like to sincerely thank the BCVs who have also volunteered to become site guardians for our newly planted Burren Pine Project sites.   They visited some of the sites on Saturday, 26th June, and were given training on how best to look after these mini woodlands.   If you would like to take part in a unique ecological restoration project in the Burren, by helping us plant and look after native pine and companion tree species, we would love to hear from you.   Please email

Planning a visit to the Burren? Consider supporting our Business Friends

If you are planning a holiday or a visit to the Burren, please do consider supporting the businesses that continue to support us through these difficult times.   You will find the logos of our business friends in the image below and their names and websites listed on our supporters’ webpage here. 

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

Burrenbeo Business Members’ News in brief:

Airmid Natural Handmade Skincare have opened a new retail shop in Ennistymon.
Burren College of Art still has some places available on their 5-day summer programme (August 16th -20th) for those interested in photography, abstract painting, botanical art, experimental drawing or printmaking.
Burren Smokehouse and ‘Taste the Atlantic the Salmon Experience’ is now fully open daily 9.00 – 17.00.
Hanne T. Fisker Photography has a new edition of eco-friendly cards/small images available to frame.
StoneCutters Kitchen have added outdoor seating on covered terrace and a further 4 tables surrounded by a timber wind break, open daily from 12.30.
The Burren Farm Experience have just launched their new website for Burren Premium Beef.
For full information on our Business Members’ News and Events, please click here.

Support Burrenbeo’s Business friends

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.