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. We hope you will join us for some of the fantastic events that are being organised to celebrate the Burren Winterage Weekend between 20th and 24th October this month. See more details below.
Thank you, as ever, for your continued interest in, and support of, our work. For those who do not yet, we invite you to Support Us by becoming a member or donating.
Burren Winterage Weekend
Wednesday 20th – Sunday 24th Oct
The Hare’s Corner
We were happily overwhelmed with the positive response we received for our call for applications for the new Hare’s Corner project. The biodiversity initiative which is being piloted in Co.Clare to support landowners create a mini woodland, a pond or an orchard is being coordinated by Burrenbeo Trust and funded by the Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine through The European Innovation Partnerships Initiative (EIP)/Locally led schemes, as well as the Clare County Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. We received a total of 165 expressions of interest and we are currently screening these through remote and in-person site assessments and hope to start work on the ground as early as this month. Our massive thanks to those who applied and we hope the learnings and success from this pilot project will enable us to expand the scale of the project to include more sites into the future.
Burren Conservation Volunteers
BCVs will be busy on an extreme gardening event this weekend, Sunday 3rd October, clearing vegetation from the nationally important Dromore bat maternity site. There are still a couple of spaces left on this event so email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 5pm if you want a space.
Next event coming up is work on an archaeologically important site in the heart of the Burren. Email email@example.com if you want to join the mailing list for volunteer events.
Naming Competition – Deadline extended to Mon 4th Oct!
Áitbheo Primary and Secondary
Burrenbeo’s Monthly Members’ Walks
Our October Members’ Walk will have forest ecologist Janice Fuller lead a woodland walk in the Corrofin- Ruan area. All places are now filled for this walk.
A pre-booking system applies to all our monthly walks and booking information for the November walk will be emailed to members.
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Burrenbeo Business Members’ News in brief:
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Support Burrenbeo’s Business friends
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