Burrenbeo May 2021 Snapshot

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Burrenbeo May 2021 Snapshot

Irish orchid or dense flowered orchid (image above) which appears in May is hard to spot due to its compact size and its muted colouring but is a Burren speciality, keenly sought-out by orchid-lovers.  Its normal range is almost exclusively the Mediterranean region – remarkable then that it is found in Burren fields sporting a range of Arctic and Alpine flowers.   As the grasslands, meadows and limestone pavements of the Burren emerge into their full seasonal glory of wildflowers at this time of the year, we hope you will join us in our annual celebration of ‘Burren in Bloom’ to be held online this year between 18th and 22nd May.  Find more details below on the range of inspiring and thought-provoking talks planned for it.  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.

‘The discovery of a native population of Scots Pine in the Burren’

by Jenni Roche

A Member-only Wonderful Wednesday Webinar 8pm, Wednesday, 12th May

Registration link to be sent to members

In this second webinar in our Wonderful Wednesday Webinar series, we will hear from Woodland Ecologist, Jenni Roche about her research that confirmed the native status of an isolated stand of Scots Pine Pinus Sylvestris in the Burren, negating the widely held belief that the native pine tree was completely lost to Ireland 1500 years ago.  Next month, on the 9th of June, we will be joined by archaeologist Michelle Comber for her talk on ‘Ten years a diggin’ – the story of 600 years of high-class living at Caherconnell Cashel, Co. Clare’.   Registration links will be emailed to members.  You can sign up to be a Burrenbeo member here. Recordings of most of the talks will be uploaded to our YouTube channel afterwards.

Galway Biodiversity Training and Awareness Programme

Our six communities (Gort, Ardrahan, Kinvara, Claregalway, Oranmore and Woodford) have now completed their skills training sessions in a wide variety of areas including grassland management for meadows, creating a community garden, planting for pollinators and community engagement.  Well done to all who have been dedicating their personal time to upskill and enable implementation of their local biodiversity plans.  We are really excited about the launch of the six plans which will take place virtually on the 18th of May as part of this year’s Burren in Bloom Online events.  All are welcome to attend by registering through www.burreninbloom.com

Áithbheo Secondary and Áitbeo Training

Gort Community College completed the first day of their Áitbheo Senior course and are hoping to finish the course and carry out a place-based project before the end of the school year.  Depending on restrictions, we are also looking forward to announcing details on our annual Áitbheo Training for teachers, educators and heritage trainers soon.  The objective of this course is to provide primary schoolteachers, other educators, and people with an interest in place-based learning with some simple strategies and resources through which they can effectively integrate the learning resource of their local environment into the school curriculum.  Do watch this space and if you would like to register your interest in the course (which we aim to run in person in Kinvara from the 5th to the 9th July) please send an email to kate@burrenbeo.com

Burren in Bloom Online

8pm – 9.15pm

Tuesday 18th May – Saturday 22nd May


For Burren in Bloom this year we are delighted to be partnering, once again, with the National Biodiversity Data Centre’s All Ireland Pollinator Plan to bring you some inspiring and thought-provoking talks on biodiversity in the Burren and beyond.   There is a particular focus on community stewardship during the first two evenings; on the 18th of May we will celebrate the launch of six new biodiversity plans by community groups in Co. Galway who have recently completed their biodiversity training with Burrenbeo Trust.   On the 19th of May we will hear the stories of two inspirational communities; Ennis Tidy Towns and the Monaghan Dispersed Orchard Project, both of whom, have done outstanding work for biodiversity in their places.  Other events include ‘An insight into the wild orchids of the Burren’ with orchid expert Brendan Sayers, a talk on ‘Farming Vs Rewilding’ with Pádraic Fogarty of the Irish Wildlife Trust and a talk with David Cabot on ‘Writing about the Burren’.   All events are free to attend but registration is essential through www.burreninbloom.com

Burrenbeo’s Research Project update:  Sharing lessons learnt with other communities

Since January 2021, our Coordinator and Research Officer, Áine, has been working with people around Ireland on the ‘Exploring Place’ programme.  Part of an IRC funded PhD study, the programme has shared Burrenbeo Trust models, experience, and the findings from the first phase of the PhD study with new groups to investigate if adopting similar approaches is possible in other areas.  Participants from Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Mayo, Clare and Galway completed the 5-week online workshop programme and will now look to develop place-based learning initiatives in their own areas, with ongoing support from Burrenbeo Trust as needed.  The feedback on the programme was hugely positive and the data obtained during the programme will now be analysed to determine any necessary changes before it is hoped that similar workshops can be delivered to more interested groups over the coming months.

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

With the restrictions on inter-county travel set to ease this month we are all looking forward to summer trips away from home.  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. 

We are hiring!

Burrenbeo Trust is looking for a part time Admin Officer to join the team.   The Burrenbeo Trust is a non-profit organisation striving to connect people to their places and their role in caring for them through conservation, education, information provision, advocacy and research.  The Admin Officer would be responsible for account and office management and a range of other tasks which will ensure the smooth running of the organisation.   The position is based in Kinvara, Co. Galway and full details on the position can be found on our website here.   If you have the qualities and skills we are looking for, please send a CV and Cover Letter outlining your suitability to info@burrenbeo.com by 5pm on 28th of May, 2021.   It is hoped that interviews will be held in person in the following fortnight.

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

Burrenbeo Business Members’ News in brief:

Burren College of Art is offering online workshops in drawing, painting, photography and creative writing, all beginning on May 4th.

Scales Coaches have joined us as a new SILVER Business Member.

The Burren Farm Experience have on offer two new options for Agri-camping in the Burren.

The Wild Atlantic Lodge have joined us as a new Business member.

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.