Burrenbeo August 2020 Snapshot
 
The painting above titled, 'Night Watchman' is by artist Fergus Ryan. This striking image with glacial erratics, a rook and a watchman tending a fire evokes something of an ancient connection that we all might feel with a place that is important to us. The strange times that we are now living in, with an increased awareness of the fragility of life and of our place and time on this planet, makes this painting even more poignant. Fergus Ryan, says of his painting, "Left behind by retreating glaciers, these 'erratics' seem to have assembled for some arcane briefing. In the distance a watchman tends a fire. The scene is based on boulders above Fanore, in the unique karst limestone region of the Burren, but the rest is imagination". Fergus has generously offered a portion of the sale price of this painting to Burrenbeo Trust as a donation. To make enquiries about buying this painting please contact him at www.fergusaryan.com
As always, our sincere thanks to all those who continue to support us through these difficult times when our income is severely reduced. For the many ways you can support us please visit https://burrenbeo.com/support-us/
 
 
Learning Landscape Online
 
We were delighted with the enthusiastic response to our reimagined Learning Landscape Online (LLO) symposium 2020. Our line-up of inspiring speakers included Richard Louv – journalist and author of Last child in the woods; David Sobel – author and environmentalist who pioneered the Place-Based Education movement; Paddy Madden – educationalist, author and founder member of Engage with Nature; and Emer Beamer - founder of Designathon Works. We would like to thank all our contributors who generously gave us their time and shared their expertise. Over 400 people registered for the online events that took place over four days. The events will be available for viewing on Burrenbeo’s YouTube channel shortly under the playlist Learning Landscape 2020.
August Online Tea Talk
'Bringing back the Irish Curlew' 
With Barry O’Donoghue

Wed, 12th Aug, 8pm-9pm
 
We are restarting our monthly Tea Talks from August on the second Wednesday of each month on the online platform of a Zoom Meeting. So grab a cuppa and join us on 12th August to hear about one of the country’s most loved and recognizable birds. We are in danger of being the last generation to hear the Curlew’s haunting call in the bogs and meadows of the Irish summer. Hard work is underway to ensure we do not lose this iconic bird from our natural environment. Barry O’Donoghue, Head of Agri-Ecology with the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) will take us through these efforts and what you can do to help. Talk is free
(donations welcome!) but  you do need to register for the talk here. 
 
 
Áitbheo Biodiversity Training in the Community 
 
We are very excited to announce that we will be delivering our place-based (Áitbheo) biodiversity training with 4 primary schools, 4 secondary schools and 6 community groups in South and East Galway in early 2021. We will be delivering this training on behalf of Galway Rural Development (GRD). The training will also enable community groups to develop and implement community action plans for biodiversity in their local areas.
Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers
 
BCVs will be returning to work in September with limited numbers per event and volunteers will need their own gloves and tools. If you would like to sign up to be a volunteer please email us at volunteer@burrenbeo.com
If you can't make events or are missing our usual volunteering events why not adopt your road and do regular litter picks? (watch out for traffic!)
 
 
#BurrenHeritage posts on social media
 
 Since we are in the month leading up to Heritage Week (15th - 23rd Aug 2020),  we have been and will be publishing a social media post every day in the run up to it, on a wonderful aspect of the Burren's natural, built or cultural heritage. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter and search for #BurrenHeritage posts to catch up on all of the posts so far. Just a reminder that we also have our brilliant Burren Field Guides with handy and accessible information on Burren's habitats, geology, archaeology, flora and fauna. These are on sale at many local outlets or through our online shop.
Burrenbeo Members Walks
 
We will be restarting Burrenbeo's Monthly Members Heritage Walks from September with limited participants, a prebooking system and in compliance with the necessary health and safety guidelines. Details of this will be emailed to our members in August. If you would like to become a member of the Trust and access our walks for free, please sign up here. 
 
 
Farming For Nature wins global biodiversity award
 
Farming for Nature project which is an offshoot of Burrenbeo Trust that aims to identify, promote and support farmers, and farming practices, that improve farmland biodiversity was recently announced as a prize winner in a prestigious international competition, the ‘Act for Biodiversity Challenge’. From over 200 projects across the world, Farming for Nature was awarded second place. You can read more about this news here. 
 
 
 
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Burrenbeo Business Members' News in brief:
  
Burren Yoga have a special 25% off offer on their 30-day online meditation course.
 
Doolin Cave have additional measures in place in line with the HSE recommendations and will be doing tours for 13 to 15 people per tour. 
 
The Burrren Perfumery is back open 11am to 5pm from Thursdays to Mondays and is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Their Tea Rooms is open on a take-away basis with additional seating in the Garden.
 
StoneCutters Kitchen are open daily from 12.30 to 8pm and also have a new product – Homemade Brown Soda Bread Mix – which is available from the restaurant and from Burren Smokehouse in their Burren Baskets.
 
Wetland Surveys Ireland have joined us a new business member. Our thanks and welcome to them.
 
For full information on our Business Members' News and Events, please click here.
Local businesses are opening up and we encourage you to support those who support us! Find the full list of our Business Friends or check them out in the image below. 
 
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