The small, remote and isolated stone cottages one might come across, when out walking high up on the Burren hills (such as the one seen in the image above), were usually the homes of ‘herdsmen’ and their families, part of a fascinating Burren farming tradition.  The herdsman’s job was to manage the livestock of other farmers, usually bigger ‘ranchers’ who farmed elsewhere but owned a winterage in the Burren.  Instead of a wage, herdsmen usually received a ‘freedom’ consisting of the use of a house. as well as. the freedom to graze an agreed number of cattle, horses, sheep, goats – and sometimes even geese! – on the land they managed.

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Burrenbeo launches The Hare’s Corner

A new project to help Clare landowners make a little more space for nature

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new project through which we aim to support Clare landowners to create a mini woodland, a pond or an orchard on their land. Participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis, subject to some basic selection criteria. The Phase 1 call for applications is now open and will close on September 6th. Further calls may be made subject to available funding. You can find further information on the project and application form on

This project is being funded by the Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine  through The European Innovation Partnerships Initiative (EIP)/Locally led schemes, by the EU Recovery Instrument Funding under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2022 as well as the Clare County Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Save the dates for the Burren Winterage Weekend

20th – 245h October 2021

This year’s Burren Winterage Weekend will contain a blend of virtual and real-time events.   Key elements of the festival will include the annual Winterage cattle drive, local farm walks, online talks by some of the international leaders in sustainable farming, the Burren Winterage School –  a forum  to engage in a sharing and learning experience on sustainable farming through presentations, webinars, workshops and field trips and the annual National Farming for Nature awards. Details of the programme will be published soon on 

 Áithbheo Primary

Áitbheo Primary course – Burrenbeo’s place-based learning programme for primary school children will be kicking off in the next couple of weeks – Covid restrictions permitting.  The course will be delivered to National Schools in Ennistymon, Inagh and Kinvara, Woodford and Oranmore.   The Áitbheo Programme helps students investigate the natural, cultural and built heritage of their local place and take action in looking after it.

Staff news

We would like to wish our colleague, Áine Bird, the very best on her maternity leave.   Kate Lavender will be the acting Coordinator of Burrenbeo Trust in Áine’s absence.

We would also like to extend our warm welcome to two new team members!

Karen van Dorp has joined us as a Field Technical Officer for the new Hare’s Corner project and will be liaising with landowners in Co. Clare for site assessments and biodiversity actions.  Karen is an ecologist with a broad interest in natural and cultural history and has been a long time supporter and volunteer of the Trust.

John Lambe has joined us as the Administration Officer.  John founded and operated a Chartered Accountancy practice in Tipperary from which he retired recently after 40 years.   He is also a long time member of Burrenbeo and we are delighted that he is bringing his skills and experience to the work of the Trust.

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Burrenbeo Business Members’ News in brief:

The Burren Farm Experience has Burren premium beef available to pre order and they will be delivering nationwide from September 3rd.

Airmid Natural Handmade Skincare have opened a new retail shop in Ennistymon.

Burren Smokehouse and ‘Taste the Atlantic the Salmon Experience’ is now fully open daily 9.00 – 17.00.

For full information on our Business Members’ News and Events, please click here.


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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.