Burren Winterage Weekend 2020
Our annual celebration of the ancient farming tradition of Winterage took place virtually this year, featuring some fantastic local and international speakers with inspiring content. The Burren Winterage School featured speakers from Austria, Slovenia, Colombia, Japan, South Africa, Greece, Finland, USA, UK and Ireland, sharing experiences of farming for nature and how farming can make a more positive contribution to addressing our global climate and biodiversity crises. Evening keynote talks by well-known champions of nature-friendly farming such as James Rebanks, farmer and best-selling author of ‘The Shepherd’s Life’ and Patrick Holden, dairy farmer and founder of the Sustainable Food Trust in the UK, were fascinating and thought provoking. Family events included a children’s book reading, an online art workshop on ‘Animals of the Burren’ and a family farming quiz. The virtual cattle drive with stunning visuals of cattle herding and conversations with Burren farmers was wonderfully educational. A recording of all Burren Winterage events will be made available on our YouTube channel soon.
November Online Tea Talk
Limestone Landscape of Sweden with Susanne Forslund and Helen Lager
8-9pm, Wednesday, 11th November, 2020
In the second of our new series of online Tea Talks on Limestone Landscapes from around the world, we will hear from Susanne Forslund and Helen Lager, from Nature Protection Unit in Kalmar County, Sweden, on the natural and cultural heritage of the limestone landscape in this region. In the following monthly sessions, we will also hear from experts on the ground from Limestone Landscapes of Yorkshire, Slovenia, Kentucky USA and Newfoundland, Canada to get a sense of these places, learn about ideas and innovations around their conservation and care. Use this Zoom Registration Link to book a place for the November Online Tea Talk.
Farming For Nature Awards 2020
The 2020 National Farming For Nature Ambassador Awards were held as part of the Burren Winterage Weekend. Now in its 3rd year, the awards recognised eight outstanding examples from around the country of how farming can have a positive impact on our biodiversity and climate. Jim Cronin from Co. Clare was the winner of the People’s Choice Award. To watch short films on each one of these Ambassadors and find out more about the nomination process for 2021, please visit www.farmingfornature.ie