Habitat Conservation

BURREN NATURE SANCTUARY 

 

The Burren Nature Sanctuary is truly a community treasure! Visitors can explore the Burren Walk along the ancient boreen to the disappearing lake, before enjoying home-baked locally-produced food and organic vegetables from the polytunnel in the café. Children can feed farm pets, challenge themselves in the indoor play area, and climb / swing in the state-of-the-art playground.

Roy and Mary Bermingham set up the Burren Nature Sanctuary in 2013 with the aid of a grant from LEADER. They have since been awarded a second grant and are very grateful to LEADER for its support.

Their vision is to grow the Nature Sanctuary into a world class interpretive centre for the natural history of the Burren. The next phase will include a GeoDome containing a display of Burren flora and extensions to the nature walk.

Roy and Mary are very proud to have reached their projected first year turnover after just ten months. They advise others setting up an eco-business to have a clear vision, make a step and the rest will follow.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

The company employs 3 people full-time and teaches eco-friendly principles, leading by example. It is the only nature centre in the Burren. It combines play with education, e.g. there are games visitors can play to find a particular species of flower.

COMMUNITY FOCUS

“We run fundraisers, employ work experience students and providing work experience for people with learning difficulties. We rent our facilities to the Kinvara Business network at a nominal rate. We support the local accommodation providers by giving people a reason to stay an extra day.”

GROWING ORGANICALLY

They have plans to expand. “We want to grow more organic food in our polytunnel: it’s hugely popular in the café. We have room for several more attractions in the outdoor play area. We really want to put something in for children with disabilities.”

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