Burrenbeo November 2020 Snapshot
 
For this year's Burren Winterage Cattle Drive, we joined the Casey family virtually on Zoom, as they walked their cattle up to Blackhead in Fanore, in blustery conditions. It was a symbolic reminder that, Covid-19 notwithstanding, the over 5,000-year-old farming tradition of winterage in the Burren that preserves this unique landscape lives on, as it should. We are grateful, as always, to our community of Burrenbeo members, who continue to support us through thick and thin. Find out how you could join hands with us in all the work we do at https://burrenbeo.com/support-us/ 
 
 
Burren Winterage Weekend 2020
 
Our annual celebration of the ancient farming tradition of winterage took place virtually this year, featuring some fantastic local and international speakers with inspiring content. The Burren Winterage School  featured speakers from Austria, Slovenia, Colombia, Japan, South Africa, Greece, Finland, USA, UK and Ireland, sharing experiences of farming for nature and how farming can make a more positive contribution to addressing our global climate and biodiversity crises. Evening keynote talks by well-known champions of nature-friendly farming such as James Rebanks, farmer and best-selling author of ‘The Shepherd’s Life’ and Patrick Holden, dairy farmer and founder of the Sustainable Food Trust in the UK, were fascinating and thought provoking. Family events included a children’s book reading, an online art workshop on ‘Animals of the Burren’ and a family farming quiz. The virtual cattle drive with stunning visuals of cattle herding and conversations with Burren farmers was wonderfully educational. A recording of all Burren Winterage events will be made available on our YouTube channel soon. 
The Calf and the Cuckoo 
A new children's book on winterage
 
The unique farming heritage of the Burren has been the subject of many scientific papers, but for the first time, it has inspired a children’s story, written from the first-hand experiences of a Burren farmer, Shane Casey, and illustrated by renowned wildlife artist Gordon D’Arcy. It tells the story of the Burren's farming tradition of winterage from the point of view of Sarah the calf and Colin the cuckoo. The design of the book is dyslexia-friendly and all proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards the vital education work of Burrenbeo Trust. This book is available to buy on Burrenbeo's online shop and is priced at €14 to include postage and delivery to anywhere in the Republic of Ireland and the UK. For deliveries outside of these regions please email us at info@burrenbeo.com
 
 
 
October Online Tea Talk 
Limestone Landscape of Sweden with Susanne Forslund and Helen Lager
8-9pm, Wednesday, 11th November, 2020
 
In the second of our new series of online Tea Talks on Limestone Landscapes from around the world, we will hear from Susanne Forslund and Helen Lager, from Nature Protection Unit in Kalmar County, Sweden on the natural and cultural heritage of the limestone landscape in this region. In the following monthly sessions, we will also hear from experts on the ground from Limestone Landscapes of Yorkshire, Slovenia, Kentucky USA and Newfoundland, Canada to get a sense of these places, learn about ideas and innovations around their conservation and care. Use this Zoom Registration Link to book a place for the November Online Tea Talk. 
Members Walks and BCV events postponed due to Level 5 restrictions
 
Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the monthly Members Walk and BCV active conservation event planned for early November but as soon as travel restrictions allow county travel we will restart these. We thank you for your patience and understanding and really look forward to seeing you out with us as soon as restrictions allow.
 
 
 
 Farming for Nature Awards 2020
 
 The 2020 National Farming For Nature Ambassador Awards were held as part of the Burren Winterage Weekend. Now in its 3rd year, the awards recognised eight outstanding examples from around the country of how farming can ceremony have a positive impact on our biodiversity and climate. Jim Cronin from Co. Clare was the winner of the People’s Choice Award. To watch short films on each one of these Ambassadors and find out more about the nomination process for 2021, please visit www.farmingfornature.ie 
Christmas gift ideas 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 Christmas cards with stunning images of the Burren, Burren Field Guides, set of 5 limited- edition Burren Insight Magazines, Áitbheo Toolkit for place-based learning that can be used for any place, a newly published beautiful children's book on winterage 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. If you would like any items to be delivered outside of Ireland and the U.K., please email us at info@burrenbeo.com
 
 
Special Thanks
 
We would like to thank many of the Burren Winterage Weekend farm walk participants who generously donated their ticket fees to support the work of Burrenbeo Trust when the 'real-life' farm walks had to be cancelled due to level 5 restrictions. Also a special word of thanks to two of our business members: The Burren Perfumery, for fundraising for us by donating the full sale price of the Burren Field Guides to the Trust, and Lahinch Family Medical Centre for sponsoring the purchase of the new children's book on winterage, 'The Calf and the Cuckoo', for 182 children in four local primary schools in the Burren.
 
 
Photo Credit
Winterage Cattle Drive 2020 : Donal Hogan
 
 
 
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Burrenbeo Business Members' News in brief:
  
The Burren Perfumery is now selling the Burren Field Guides as a fundraiser for Burrenbeo Trust, with the full sales price of €12 going to support the work of the Trust. 
 
 Lahinch Medical Centre has sponsored the new children's winterage book, 'The Calf and the Cuckoo', for 182 children from four local primary schools.
 
 The Burren Smokehouse have won two medals at the Great Taste Awards 2020
 
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