Burrenbeo October Snapshot

Burrenbeo October Snapshot

Photo credit:  Winterage Cattle Drive 2017:  Martin Kiely

The turning of autumn to winter is marked by one of the most significant events in the Burren’s farming calendar.  This is the time when several hundred farmers each herd their cattle up onto the Burren uplands for winter grazing, following an over-5,000-year-old pastoral tradition that is unique to the Burren and the Aran Islands.  This farming tradition that has shaped and defined the Burren in every way, is the inspiration behind the Burren Winterage Weekend which we celebrate each year around the October bank holiday.  Although gathering together in big numbers is not a possibility this year, we invite you to join us for a range of inspiring online events as well as some local ‘real-life’ farmer-led walks (with limited places).  The festival of Burren Winterage is a great opportunity to explore how we can collectively shape a brighter future for our natural world and the farm families who depend on it to make a living, and we look forward to sharing it with you.  Read below for further details on the programme of events.  Also, as always, we are grateful for any support you can give us, be it membership or a donation, at https://burrenbeo.com/support-us/ 

Burren Winterage Online events

Wed 21st – Sun 25th October 2020

Booking links are now open for most of the Burren Winterage Weekend and Burren Winterage School events.  Events include talks by farmer and bestselling author James Rebanks (‘A Shepherd’s Life’), Patrick Holden, founder of the Sustainable Food Trust in the UK and Rob Burton, one of the authors of ‘The Good Farmer: Culture and Identity in Food and Agriculture’.  Our annual Farming for Nature Ambassador awards for 2020 will also take place online this year as will family events like a children’s book reading by author Shane Casey, the launch of a new winterage themed children’s book, a family farming quiz and a ‘Burren Animals’ art workshop by naturalist Gordon D’Arcy.   The Burren Winterage School will be hosting insightful webinars on themes relating to farming for nature and how farming can make a more positive contribution to addressing our global biodiversity crisis.  To book any of these events, please visit www.burrenwinterage.com

October Online Tea Talk

Our Limestone Landscapes:  The Cavan Burren with Kirstin Lemon

8-9pm, Wednesday, 14th October, 2020

In the first of our new series of online Tea Talks on Limestone Landscapes from around the world, we will hear from Dr. Kirstin Lemon, Scientific Adviser for the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, about the Burren in Co.Cavan, its archaeology and natural and cultural heritage.

In the following monthly sessions, we will hear from experts on the ground from Limestone Landscapes of Sweden, Yorkshire, Slovenia, Kentucky USA and Newfoundland, Canada to get a sense of these places, learn about their natural and cultural heritage and issues, ideas and innovations around their conservation and care.

Zoom Registration Link for the October Online Tea Talk : https://bit.ly/LimestoneLandscapeCavan

Burrenbeo Trust Heritage

Training Weekend

Saturday 3rd October,  Sunday 4th October 2020

We are delighted with the response to the call for applications for the 2-day training course on place-based learning due to take place on the first weekend of October.  This course is now fully booked with a considerable waiting list.  In response to this level of demand, we hope to run this training again in February or March 2021.  The objective of this course is to provide teachers, educators, facilitators, and people with an interest in place-based learning with some simple strategies and resources through which they can integrate the learning resource that is their local environment into the curriculum.  For further info contact grainne@burrenbeo.com

Place-based Learning in your area:  A call for expressions of interest

There were some very interesting and useful findings in the report on the impact which Burrenbeo Trust programmes have had from a place-based learning and community stewardship perspective.  This report is based on the first phase of the research study being completed by staff member Aine Bird.  If you would like your community to be involved in the next phase of her project (which involves introducing place-based learning programmes to your area) please send an expression of interest to Aine on aine@burrenbeo.com.  Expressions of interest are welcomed from anywhere within Ireland.

Burren Winterage Farm Walks

Morning & Afternoon, Sat 24th Oct, 2020

This year we are delighted to offer 6 different farmer-led walks taking place on Saturday 24th of October, offering a rare opportunity to explore the hidden Burren, in the company of people with a wealth of knowledge of their local area.  The walks will take place in six different farms across the Burren with three of them taking place in the morning (10am start) and three in the afternoon (2pm start).  Limited places are available on all the walks in line with Covid-19 guidelines and pre-booking is essential.  The walks are a fundraiser for Burrenbeo Trust and the tickets cost €10 for Burrenbeo members and €20 for non-members.  Book at https://buytickets.at/burrenbeotrust/429225
This year the cattle drive walk will not be open to the public but will be broadcast online at 12 noon on Sunday 25th of October – more details on this will be published on our website www.burrenwinterage.com

October Members’ Walk

Woodland Walk with Ray O’Foghlu

2pm, Sunday, 4th October

The October monthly Members’ Walk will have Ray O’Foghlu,  An Taisce’s LEAF officer with a special interest in forestry and water quality lead a walk through an east Burren woodland.  He will be giving an overview of trees in Ireland along with the history of this woodland and the yew trees regeneration project within the woodland.  The walks have limited capacity in compliance with the current Covid-19 guidelines and the pre-booking link for the walks is shared with Burrenbeo members with priority given to waitlisted members.

Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers

BCVs will be meeting on Sunday 11th of October to work on scrub removal for  butterfly habitat maintenance in a central Burren location.  BCVs are now back with their monthly events but in limited numbers.  Participation is by pre-booking only.  For queries on signing up to be a Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteer, please contact volunteer@burrenbeo.com 

Burren #FarmingHeritage series on social media

To celebrate the farming heritage of the Burren in the month leading up to the Burren Winterage Weekend, we are now regularly posting fascinating nuggets of information on the Burren’s farming heritage along with images on our social media channels.  Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to check out the upcoming feeds and look up #FarmingHeritage for our  posts so far.

 For information on ongoing community initiatives and events, please scroll down on the

Community News and Events page

Burrenbeo Business Members’ News in brief:

Aillwee Cave is open daily, from 10am to 5pm, with guided tours of the cave and birds of prey flying displays.  Pre-booking is essential.
 Airmid Natural Handmade Skincare have been awarded Soap Business of the Year  Award for 2020.
Burren College of Art have an upcoming MFA Graduate Exhibition ‘Presence Out of Place’ from Sept 24th to Oct 9th.
The Burren Smokehouse have available the seasonal Wild Smoked Irish Salmon and  Burren Baskets containing the products of the food producing members of the Burren Ecotourism Network.
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.