Thursday May 19th (8pm – 9:15pm)
Online Talk: Nature as a partner - changing attitudes to nature and landscape with environmental philosopher Matthijs Schouten. Matthijs Schouten has a background in biology, Celtic linguistics and literature, comparative religious studies and Eastern philosophy. He led the Dutch-Irish Bog Conservation Project in 1970s which went on to become synonymous with bog conservation in Ireland. He is Professor by Special Appointment of Nature and Landscape Protection at the Universities of Cork and special professor of Ecology and Philosophy of Nature Conservation at Wageningen University. In his scientific work he has focused on the study of cultural perceptions of nature.
Location: Online Admission: FREE. Register here
Friday May 20th
Coole Turloughs and Teas (11am– 2pm)
A walk with an NPWS guide to explore the remarkable natural features and wetland plants of Coole Lough – a turlough with the largest range in water level fluctuation of any turloughs in Ireland, followed by lunch, tea/ coffee at Coole Park Tea Rooms
Start Location: Coole Park Visitor centre Admission (lunch included): €15 for Burrenbeo Members/€25 for non-members. Pre-booking essential through the link above.
An Afternoon with Wild Rose at the Burren Perfumery (2-4pm)
The Burnet Rose blooming in May provides the inspiration for the Perfumery’s newest fragrance Wild Rose. During this interactive talk you be introduced to the intriguing world of how perfumes are created, learn about olfactory families, and have an opportunity to smell the beautiful natural raw ingredients used in its formulation. Rose themed refreshments will be provided.
Location: The Burren Perfumery. Admission: €10 for Burrenbeo Members, €20 for non-members. (This is a fundraiser for Burrenbeo Trust) Pre-booking essential through the link above.
Burren in Bloom - Opening and Welcome Evening (7:30- 9pm)
At this informal opening session of Burren in Bloom we celebrate our natural world with an introduction to the Burren flora and its conservation and a talk on ‘Latvian meadows in bloom: nature and people’ with guest speaker Solvita Rūsiņa, LIFE IP LatViaNature and. Location: Tully’s Bar, Kinvara, Eircode H91 NY3X. Admission: FREE, Pre-booking essential through the link above.
Saturday 21st May
Butterfly Walk with Jesmond Harding (10am– 12am)
A Walk in one of Ireland’s premier butterfly sites, containing four of the six most threatened butterfly species in Ireland and four of the five “near threatened” species, led by butterfly expert Jesmond Harding.
Start Location: near Carron, exact location to be emailed to ticket holders. Admission: €5 for Burrenbeo Members/€10 for non-members. Pre-booking essential through the link above.
The Hare’s Corner Pond Visit with Feidhlim Harty (10am– 12pm)
Feidhlim works as an advisor to Burrenbeo’s Hare's Corner Ponds project. In this visit he will host participants at his own pond to discuss simple tips for creating ponds for wildlife. He will suggest ideas on construction, design, perimeter planting, and explore flora and fauna that may be present.
Location: near Ennistymon, exact location to be emailed to ticket holders. Admission: €5 for Burrenbeo Members/€10 for non-members. Pre-booking essential through the link above.
Children's Art Workshop with Gordon D’Arcy (2pm– 3:30pm)
Learn how to draw some of the Burren's beautiful wildlife with wildlife artist Gordon D’Arcy. Suitable for 6 – 12-year-olds (Please bring your own paper, pencils and colours!)
Location: The Courthouse, Kinvara Admission: FREE for Burrenbeo Members’ children/€5 for non-members. Pre-booking essential through the link above.
Lichen Walk with Paul Whelan and Jenni McGuire (2pm– 4pm)
A walk to explore the rich diversity of lichens in a Burren hazel woodland, led by Paul Whelan and Jenni McGuire. Start Location: near Carron, exact location to be emailed to ticket holders. Admission: €5 for Burrenbeo Members/€10 for non-members. Pre-booking essential through the link above.
Caher Bridge Garden Visit with Carl Wright (2pm– 4pm)
A guided walk and visit to the stunning Caher Bridge Garden in the company of its creator, gardener Carl Wright. Carl who has a background in ecology has been developing his unique garden near Fanore for over 20 years, a garden that blends harmoniously into the surrounding landscape and supports the native flora and fauna. Location: Caher Bridge Gardens, Fanore Eircode H91H66C.Admission: €5 for Burrenbeo Members/€10 for non-members. Pre-booking essential through the link above.
Keynote talks by Jesmond Harding and Richard Nairn (7pm– 9pm)
Join us for Burren in Bloom keynote talks at Burren College of Art Ballyvaughan where we will hear from butterfly expert and author Jesmond Harding on 'Irish butterflies - their foodplants, habitats and how they are coping with a changing climate'; and ecologist and author Richard Nairn on the 'Magic Ireland's native woodlands' and his own experience of managing a native woodland in Co.Wicklow. Their books will also be Location: Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan Eircode H91H66C. Admission: FREE but pre-booking essential through the link above
Sunday 22nd May
Burren in Bloom Walk - Return to the Winterage with McCormack family (10am– 1pm)
A Walk with Burren Programme ecologists and the McCormacks to revisit the route of Cattle Drive 2021 and explore the wonderful floral diversity made possible by the practice of Winterage on this farm. This is a 4km walk with a significantly steep climb, some of which on uneven farmland terrain. Start Location: near Boston, exact location to be emailed to ticket holders. Admission: €5 for Burrenbeo Members/€10 for non-members. Pre-booking essential through the link above.
Bugs and Blooms Family Fun (11am – 1pm)
An outdoor family event where participants can spend a fun filled morning investigating the bugs and blooms of the Burren with Burrenbeo staff. Recommended age 8+
Start Location: near Carron, exact location to be emailed to ticket holders. Admission: FREE for Burrenbeo Members children /€5 for non-members. Pre-booking essential through the link above. (Please book per child)
Burren Slow Food Festival (Fri 20th – Sun 22nd May)
Slow Food Clare, are collaborating with the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark and the Burren Ecotourism Network to deliver a diverse line up of events in the region aimed at highlighting the connections between local food, geological heritage and the livelihoods of the people who live in the Geopark. Location: Pavillion Hall in Lisdoonvarna. Visit www.slowfoodclare.com for more info
PROGRAMME DATES : 18th - 22nd May 2021
Welcome to Burren in Bloom 2021 Online. All events are free. If you would like to support the Burrenbeo Trust, please consider becoming a member or donating at www.burrenbeo.com
Tuesday May 18th (8pm – 9:15pm)
Communities Caring for Biodiversity (8pm - 8:15pm)
The story of Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers: 10 years of community-led actions for biodiversity in the Burren
Launch of Biodiversity Plans by six community groups in Co.Galway (8:15pm– 9:15pm)
Six community groups in Co.Galway share their biodiversity plans for their area. Panelists include Juanita Browne of All Ireland Pollinator Plan and Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer, Galway County Council
Wednesday May 19th (8pm – 9:15pm)
Debunking the myths about wildflower meadows (8pm– 8:15pm)
With Noeleen Smyth, Conservation Botanist, National Botanic Gardens
Inspirational Community Groups and the All Ireland Pollinator Plan (8:15pm – 9:15pm)
Una Fitzpatrick of the National Biodiversity Data Centre introduces us to the new All Ireland Pollinator Plan and two community groups - The Ennis Tidy Towns and Monaghan Dispersed Orchard Project who have done outstanding work for pollinators in their area share their stories
Thursday May 20th (8pm – 9:15pm)
My Top Ten Burren Bees and Flowers (8pm - 8:15pm)
With Dara Stanley, Entomologist, University College Dublin
Writing About the Burren: the jewel in the ecological crown of Ireland (8:15pm – 9:15pm)
With David Cabot, Naturalist and Co-author of ‘The Burren’
Friday May 21st (8pm – 9:15pm)
My Top 10 Burren Medicinal Flowers (8pm – 8:15pm)
with Lisa Guinan, Naturopathic Herbalist, Irish Herbal Roots
Gems of the first water – Burren orchids (8:15pm– 9:15pm)
With Brendan Sayers, Orchid Specialist at the National Botanic Gardens and Co-author of ‘Ireland’s Wild Orchids'
Saturday May 22nd (8pm – 9:15pm)
My Top 10 Burren Rare Plants and Places (8pm – 8:15pm)
With Cillian Roden, Botanist and Ecologist
Farming Vs Rewilding for Biodiversity (8:15 - 9:15pm)
With Pádraic Fogarty, Ecologist, Author and Campaign officer with Irish Wildlife Trust