Burren Winterage Walk

Biodiversity Walk

As part of the Heritage Week 2022 programme, local ecologist Bernie O’Connor led a biodiversity walk in the Burren uplands. This walk, across winterage grazing, took in species-rich grasslands and limestone pavement, as well as petrifying springs and fens.

Archaeological features

On the way, a number of archaeological monuments were encountered. One of these was a souterrain (CL009-106004-) situated within a cashel (CL009-106002-), representing settlement in the area in the early medieval period. We also passed a large wedge tomb (CL009-105002), representing burial practices in the early Bronze Age.

Winterage Practices

The farm practices and culture of the Burren were discussed, as the walk descended through temperate rainforest to the more productive modified grasslands at lower elevations.

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