Butterflies of The Burren

The Burren is a magical landscape stretching across approximately 36,000 ha of north Clare and south Galway. The traditional methods of farming over the years has preserved its flora, fauna and archeology.

The Burren is renowned for its flora where Mediterranean and arctic-alpine plants grow together.   The flowers are springled along the roadside and in the crevices of the bare limestone.

Among the many varied and beautiful flowers which have come to symbolise the Burren are: Mountain Avens (Dryas octopetala) Spring Gentian (Gentiana verna) Hoary Rockrose (Helianthemum canum) Milkwort (Polagala vulgaris, Bloody Crane’sbill (geranium sanguineum) ) and over twenty species of orchids.

The purity of the environment and the wide range of food plants available means that the Burren is home to more species of butterflies than any other region in Ireland.

The Burren in Bloom Festival takes place every year. This year it runs from 30th April – 18th May 2015. It includes talks on all aspects of the Burren including a family event on 9th May “Getting to know butterflies”.

You will find more information on the Burren at www.burrenbeo.com and www.burreninbloom.com

If you can’t get to the Burren or if you just like butterflies,  take a look at our butterfly collection at www.deblaca.ie

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