The Burren is located between Galway and Clare, and gets its name from the Irish 'Bhoireann', which means 'stony place'. While its exact size is difficult to determine, it is estimated that there are c.36,000ha of Terraced Limestone hills in the Upland region with a further 20,000ha of low lying pavement in the Lowland region. As well as being an area of outstanding beauty it is also a haven for Botanists, Archaeologists and Ecologists due to its natural and cultural background.
The Burren is an area steeped bygone human activity with evidence of caves, tombs, dolmens and forts to be found. As well as this the Burren's grasslands are home to 23 of the 27 native orchids species found in Ireland. As a result, there is a huge amount of wildlife thriving on them. In terms of geology, the Burren is also recognised as one of the finest examples of Glaciated Karst landscapes in Europe. A plethora of fossilised remains ancient animals are there to be seen by all.
The Burren has been shaped by thousands of years of farming and it is widely regarded that to protect the area, this traditional form of farming must continue. To learn more about the Burren and the efforts being made to protect the area, click on the link below and visit the Burren Life Project website.
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