The Covid-19 restrictions during the Spring of 2020 meant that Burrenbeo’s annual celebration of the rich biodiversity of the Burren could not take place in its usual format of guided walks, workshops and gatherings. In its place, a series of online events such as talks, discussions, art workshop, storytelling and family quiz were organised between the 3rd of June to the 6th of June 2020 to virtually celebrate the Burren’s wonderful flora. All the events were recorded and are accessible on our YouTube channel. ‘Ireland in Bloom – a vision for people and nature’ was the focus of the opening talk by Jane Stout, professor of botany at Trinity College Dublin. There was a panel discussion with Farming for Nature Ambassadors, Kim McCall and Tommy Earley. We also got to see what is blooming on the Aran islands in a special talk by Gráinne Ní Chonghaile of Caomhnú Árann from Inis Oirr. There was a presentation on ‘Tidy towns and biodiversity’ by ecologist and national Tidy Towns adjudicator, Janice Fuller and Maria Long, grassland ecologist with NPWS shone a light on ‘Semi-natural grasslands – precious resources under threat’. There was 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 our floral knowledge of the Burren! In ‘My Favourite Flower’ section, a range of friends and supporters of the Trust also contributed short videos on their favourite flowers and plants. Recordings of all the Burren in Bloom 2020 events are now available to view on Burrenbeo’s YouTube channel under the playlist ‘Burren in Bloom 2020’.
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