Burrenbeo June 2020 Snapshot
 
No matter which part of the world you are reading this from, it has been extraordinary few months for us all. This time will be remembered by many things; new fears, anxieties, isolation but also surprising acts of kindness, innovative ideas and opportunities to reimagine our future. Like many organisations we are now trying to adapt to the new circumstances while continuing the work that we feel passionate about. Your goodwill and support are helping us embrace the many challenges that lie ahead of us. In particular we would like to thank those people who have thought of us in these difficult times and donated. We truly appreciate it. If you would like to support the work we do, please do consider donating or becoming a member of the Burrenbeo Trust. You can find out about the many ways you can support us here. 
 
 
 
Burren in Bloom Online: Wed 3rd - Sat 6th June
7pm - 9pm
 
Join us virtually in celebrating the Burren's wonderful flora with a range of online events. 'Ireland in Bloom - a vision for people and nature' will be the focus of the opening talk by Jane Stout, professor of botany at Trinity College Dublin. There will be films on, and a panel discussion with, inspiring farmers, farming for nature. We will get to see what is blooming on the Aran islands in a special talk by Gráinne Ní Chonghaile of Caomhnú Árann from Inis Oirr. There will be a presentation on 'Tidy towns and biodiversity' by ecologist and national Tidy Towns adjudicator, Janice Fuller and Maria Long, grassland ecologist with NPWS will focus on 'Semi-natural grasslands - precious resources under threat'. There is storytelling for little ones by author Shane Casey, an art workshop for all ages with wildlife artist Gordon D'Arcy and a blooming Burren family quiz to test your floral knowledge! A range of contributors will share short videos on their favourite flowers. All events are free, but registration is essential. You can see a detailed programme and the registration link at www.burreninbloom.com
Once again, If you would like to support us, please do consider becoming a member or donating at www.burrenbeo.com
 
 
 
A survey on place-based learning
we need your input!
 
If you or your children have participated in any of Burrenbeo's events in the past (walks/ talks/ Burren in Bloom/ Winterage/ Áitbheo/ Ecobeo/ Learning Landscape Symposium/ BCVs), we would really appreciate your input in this important research survey. This study is being conducted by Áine Bird, Burrenbeo's research and impact officer in partnership with NUI Galway to find out how participation in place-based learning programmes impacts on peoples’ engagement with community stewardship. Your input can help us improve and also share our programmes with other communities.The surveys are completely anonymous.
 
Wild Wednesday Webinars on YouTube
 
We are delighted with the success of our online Wild Wednesday Webinar series. Burrenbeo Trust in conjunction with Farming for Nature co-hosted a series of seven webinars on the themes of farming, nature and heritage every Wednesday from April 15th to the end of May. Our special thanks to all the speakers who gave us their time and shared their ideas and experiences. The recordings of all the webinars are available on our YouTube channel.
 
 
To celebrate the Burren coming bloom we are making available this free digital copy of our quick guide to the Burren flowers (click the link above). Hardcopy of this is available to buy as a part of our Burren Field Guides set. Do check our online shop for this and other Burrenbeo products as we are now taking delivery orders! For those who have been following us on social media, we have also been posting images and information on a #FlowerADay every day from the beginning of April and will continue to do so until the first week of June. If you have missed these, simply search for the hashtag #FlowerADay on our Facebook or Twitter page to look through all our posts so far. And if you feel ready for a bit of a floral challenge, don't forget to join us for our Blooming Burren family quiz on Sat 6th of June as part of the Burren in Bloom events! Register here. 
 
 
Pie: a Clare Collie, 2007-2020
 
We were sorry to hear recently of the peaceful passing of Stephen Wards trusty companion Pie. Many of our members will remember Pie accompanying Stephen Ward, former director and a patron of the Trust, on the numerous Burrenbeo events he led and attended during his years in the Burren. This of course was back-in-the-day when well-behaved dogs were welcomed as members of the Trust. Please read here a heartfelt letter sent to us by Stephen Ward along with a beautiful portrait of Pie by Louise Duignan.
 
 
 
For information on ongoing community initiatives offering support and help during this time of health crisis, please scroll down on the 
Community News and Events page
 
 
Burrenbeo Business Members' News in brief:
  
Airmid Natural Handmade Skincare have 10% OFF all online orders, use code: SHOPLOCAL
  
The Burren Perfumery mail order service is still open for business and local customers can collect by appointment.
 
Healing Harvest is closed to the public but is offering a pre-order and collect or delivery service.
 
For full information on our Business Members' News and Events, please click here. Support the businesses that support Burrenbeo Trust!
 
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.
 
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