Walking and our Environment – 2022 Newsletters

Save the Dates!
18th – 20th March 2022: Learning Landscape Symposium 
19th – 22nd May 2022: Burren in Bloom 
28th – 30th October 2022: Burren Winterage Weekend

March 2022


Burrenbeo March 2022 Snapshot
1. Burrenbeo Trust will be hosting the 11th annual Learning Landscape Symposium that will bring together leading change-makers and educators on the theme of From Learning to Action from the 18th to the 20th March 2022 at the Kinvara Community Centre (KCC), Co.Galway and outdoors in the Burren. The symposium will comprise of a mixture of indoor workshops, outdoor fieldtrips, discussions, and networking events, and is open to anyone with an interest in communicating natural, built, or cultural heritage and sustainability to their audiences and inspiring action. Tickets are selling fast! See poster above for the programme and visit burrenbeo.com/lls to book your tickets. 
Learning Landscape Symposium

18th – 20th March

Kinvara and the Burren 


We are very excited that our annual LLS will be returning in-person to the Burren after 3 years. The workshop leaders for this year’s symposium include Michael Gibbons, one of Ireland’s leading field archaeologists; Ray O’Foghlú, a woodland conservationist; Catherine Cleary and Ashe Conrad-Jones, founders of the social enterprise Pocket Forests and Sarah-Anne Buckley, internationally recognised Irish social historian and co-author of Old Ireland in Colour. An online talk on the evening of Wednesday 16th of March will focus on ‘Our connection to nature and ways to improve it’ with Miles Richardson from the University of Derby, UK. General Ticket: €85, Discounted Ticket for Heritage in School specialists and Burrenbeo members: €65. Link above for booking and further information.  

2. The Hare’s Corner


7,200 trees including 5,400 native trees like alder, birch, hazel, whitethorn, holly and oak and 1800 saplings of the endangered Burren pine were distributed to 34 landowners in Co.Clare as part of the mini- woodlands element of The Hare’s Corner – Burrenbeo’s new community-led biodiversity project. The tree distribution took place on 12th of February at the GAA hall in Tubber and was a wonderful opportunity to meet with the landowners who are participating in this pilot project which was launched in August 2021. Before it completes its first year, it will have supported the creation of 32 ponds, 43 mini orchards -with 350 Irish heritage apple trees from Irish Seed Savers Association and 38 mini woodlands – a wonderful investment in the natural infrastructure of the County. The Hare’s Corner is being funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) through The European Innovation Partnerships Initiative (EIP)/Locally led schemes as well as the Clare County Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Visit burrenbeo.com/thc for more info.

3.Heritage Keepers 

Programme Update

Check out this short animated video we have recently produced toexplain what Heritage Keepers is all about. This video was produced with the support of Glas Communities Rethink Ireland fund. Programme delivery of Heritage Keepers both in-person and online is now in full swing. We are really enjoying working with the primary and secondary school kids as well as the ten community groups that have been chosen to participate in the pilot phase of this programme. More info at burrenbeo.com/hk

4. Save the Dates!
18th – 20th March 2022: Learning Landscape Symposium 
19th – 22nd May 2022: Burren in Bloom
 19th – 21st Aug 2022: A Volunteering Celebration event
28th – 30th October 2022: Burren Winterage Weekend

For information on ongoing community initiatives and events,
Community News and Events page on the Burrenbeo Trust website.

RTE News item 18/02/2022 of interest in relation to The Burren Pine Trees https://www.rte.ie/news/2022/0219/1280741-burren-project-drives-irish-pines-fairy-tale-return/

February 2022

To Watch on TV

Faoi Bhlath new series on RTE 1 and available on RTE Player

Episode 1 14/02/2022 looks at an invaluable part of Irelands culture and natural heritage – our hedgerows.

Episode 2 21/02/2022 celebrates Irelands biodiversity and features Lough Corrib.

February 2022

Information sharing with members of GWC. Some useful information received from Mountaineering Ireland Access and Conservation Officer Helen Lawless:

  1. National Spring Clean

Many Mountaineering Ireland clubs undertake a litter-pick each spring, and looking at the litter around some of our recreation sites this could be a great time to get some people together to clean up an area that your club visits regularly. If you register your clean-up with National Spring Clean, An Taisce will send you gloves, bags etc. Anyone in club who is interested in doing this and have a particular area in mind please contact Eilish O’Shea through the club email: info@galwaywalkingclub.ie. We can then review / organise as a club and register with National Spring Clean and get bags, gloves etc from An Taisce.

MI are asking:

“If you do a litter-pick, send us a short note about it and a few photos and we’d be delighted to share them on our social media. Mountaineering Ireland has put together tips for organising a club clean-up”. See link for information:https://www.mountaineering.ie/_files/Organising%20_a_club_clean-up.pdf

2. Climb With Charlie

You may be aware that Charlie Bird is climbing Croagh Patrick on Saturday 2nd April. If you or your club are considering doing a climb in support of Charlie Bird, please check out Mountaineering Ireland’s guidance – https://mountaineering.ie/aboutus/news/2022/?id=377

3. Do you hike or climb in Donegal?

If you live in Co. Donegal, or if you hike, climb or participate in other outdoor activities in the county, then you may be interested to know that an Outdoor Recreation Strategy is being developed for Donegal.

You can have your say now about the activities you do, and what you’d like to see for your outdoor experiences in the years ahead.

There are two ways to participate:

• Complete a short online survey

• Register to attend an online meeting for the area you live or recreate in. For more information or survey link and for dates of online meetings go to https://www.donegalcoco.ie/…/outdoor%20recreation…/

4. MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Forum

The MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Forum has a new part-time Development Officer, Ger McEnery – https://www.macgillycuddyreekskerry.com/latest-news/77-meet-our-new-development-officer. Ger has reminded us that clubs are asked to register all groups of 10 or more going to the Reeks in advance through the Forum’s website – https://www.macgillycuddyreekskerry.com/events. If you don’t have your club’s insurance certificate just mention that you are insured through Mountaineering Ireland (we have provided a list of insured clubs to the forum).

5. Have you seen a Red Grouse?

Many of you will be familiar with how Red Grouse explode into flight uttering a distinctive ‘go back, go back, go back’ call. These plump, medium-sized birds are a characteristic species of upland areas, due to their dependence on heather for food, shelter and nesting. Hillwalkers are asked to report sightings of Red Grouse to feed into a national survey being led by the National Parks & Wildlife Service.

For more information and to report sightings go to https://biodiversityireland.ie/surveys/red-grouse-survey-2021-2022/

Red Grouse sightings and other biodiversity records can also be submitted through the Biodiversity Data Capture app. This survey continues up to the end of March 2022.

6. Climate change

If you watched ‘Don’t look up’ over Christmas, or you want to understand a bit more about climate change and how it will impact on Ireland we recommend watching this talk which climate scientist John Sweeney gave to the West Wicklow Environmental Network before Christmas – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qunXhQg6kj0&t=1132s

January 2022

BurrenBeo Trust-

January 2022 Snapshot

Burrenbeo December & January 2022 Snapshot 
According to pollen and archaeological records, the beautiful Pinus sylvestris or Ireland’s only native pine once dominated the Burren landscape. It now survives in a small isolated pocket in the Burren in what is known as the only known stand of native pines in Ireland. One year since launching The Burren Pine project we are proud to report that we have planted five new mini-woodlands comprising 500 Burren pines along with thousands of other native companion trees in biodiversity-poor areas of the Burren. We are grateful to everyone who has contributed to this unique community-led restoration project! Our ambition is to plant five more Burren pine-dominated woodlands in 2022.
Heritage Keepers
A national pilot programme launched in partnership with The Heritage Council    This month saw Burrenbeo launch Heritage Keepers –  a new place-based learning programme in partnership with The Heritage Council. To be delivered in a series of five 2-hour workshops, this programme is for schools and community groups who want to explore and enhance their local place. It will initially be offered to a limited number of groups nationwide in Spring 2022, with options for in-person, online and blended learning. There are also plans to offer teachers and community facilitators the chance to become ‘Heritage Keepers’ programme trainers.

 The Hare’s Corner Update  
As you read this, several ponds are being dug across County Clare to enhance biodiversity and we expect that 27 new ponds will be created before the end of this year as part of The Hare’s Corner pilot project. An online training session on Pond Design and Construction with Wetlands expert Féidhlim Harty was also held for all pond applicants and you can view a recording of it on our YouTube channel here. The unexpectedly mild weather in November has meant that we have had to postpone the distribution of native bare-root orchard trees to the successful Hare’s Corner orchard -applicants. We hope to organize this in January with the help of our partners at Irish Seed Savers. The Hare’s Corner is 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. 
BCV work at Doolin Court Tomb
A huge thank-you goes to our hard working group of volunteers who cleared an impressive amount of vegetation from around the Doolin Court Tomb in November, under the expert guidance of Clare’s Field Monument Advisor Elaine Lynch. The monument had been totally transformed allowing it’s entirety to be seen after many years of being buried in scrub – go pay it a quick visit to see for yourself! Email volunteer@burrenbeo.com if you would like to join the BCV group. 
Burrenbeo Gifts to support a sustainable Burren
A reminder that our online shop is open for a range of wonderful gifts that come with free delivery to anywhere in Ireland and the U.K. You will find ‘The Calf and the Cuckoo’, a children’s book on winterage, Burren Field Guides, set of 5 limited-edition Burren Insight Magazines, the Áitbheo Toolkit for place-based learning, as well as a 1-year gift membership of the Trust. Your purchase will support Burrenbeo Trust, an inclusive, independent, and transparent charity working towards the sustainable future of the Burren.