Burrenbeo May 2019 Snapshot

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Burrenbeo May 2019 Snapshot

The following is a brief overview of upcoming Burrenbeo news and events. You can donate online to the Trust here; all donations are truly appreciated. If you would like to attend some of these events or support us in our work, you may consider becoming a Burrenbeo Trust member – options include individual, couple, family, school or business membership – see details here.

NOTE: Due to increasing numbers Burrenbeo monthly heritage walks continue to be open to members only. This decision has been made out of respect for walk leaders and the members that attend the walks.

 Bealtaine Dawn Chorus Walk: 
with Gordon D’Arcy, 5:30am, 5th of May

We join bird lovers all over the temperate world in this magical celebration of spring. Our Dawn Chorus Walk will offer the members of the Burrenbeo Trust a wonderful opportunity to listen, identify and appreciate our songbirds under the expert guidance of environmentalist, artist and educationist, Gordon D’Arcy. It will be an early start at 5:30am in Ballyvaughan and the specific location will be emailed to members in the week before the walk. More information on the walk can be found here. Become a Burrenbeo Trust member by visiting here.

Áitbheo Community in Co.Clare:
15 communities to begin their targeted skills training

It has been an absolute pleasure working with 15 different communities in Co.Clare on our Áitbheo Community programme as part of the Clare Biodiversity Training project funded by LEADER through Clare Local Development Company (CLDC). Through Burrenbeo’s specially designed modules the groups explored many aspects of their local landscape like natural and built heritage, folklore, land-use and biodiversity. Every group has now identified biodiversity action projects that they would like to carry out in their local areas. Some examples include, creating community orchards, planting for pollinators and community engagement. They are set to receive targeted training in these areas in May. We are very excited to facilitate them in this journey. All the biodiversity action plans will be presented to the public in an exhibition in September.

Burren in Bloom 7th -9th June 2019

This year’s Burren in Bloom festival with a special focus on pollinators, promises to be our biggest and best yet. The Burren is Ireland’s treasure trove of biodiversity and Burren in Bloom is for all those interested in witnessing first-hand in full bloom, some of Ireland’s most stunning flowers and the insects that pollinate them. There will be a chance to explore Burren’s mosaic of habitats from orchid rich grasslands to sweeping pavements to turloughs, fens and petrifying springs. This is also a great opportunity to meet the people who work with these habitats – farmers, ecologists, conservationists, public authorities – and discover areas of the Burren rarely open to the public. Our next month’s Snapshot will carry details of the programme but for now do save the dates in your diary!

Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers:
Coastal cleaning, wall building and ground maintenance

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all those who came out on Mother’s Day and lifted a massive amount of rubbish at Fanore beach. We are grateful to Liam MacNamara from Fanore for his advice and help and Clare County Council for taking the rubbish away.

The BCVs will be back to another part of Fanore to do their next coastal clean up on April 28th. Sunday 12th of May will see them rebuilding a stretch of drystone wall in the heart of Burren, and on 22nd June they will get busy with maintenance work around a bat maternity roost site.To register as a volunteer or to simply check out what the BCVs are up to, you can visit our volunteer page here.


Burren in Bloom:  7th – 9th June 2019
Áitbheo Training Course: 1st July – 5th July 2019
Family walk and picnic in the Burren: 14th of July 2019
Burren Winterage Weekend: 25th – 27th October 2019

More details to follow throughout the year. You can also keep up to date with our events by checking our website www.burrenbeo.com or connecting with us on social media.