Environmental policy of the Burren Centre, Kilfenora, Co. Clare.
The Burren Centre is fortunate to be situated in an area surrounded by natural landscapes and human environments shaped by millennia of use. The personal touch and one on one communication with the visitor plays a primary role in Comhar Conradh na Boirne’s policy towards satisfying the educational environmental needs and expectations of both tourist and local alike. The Burren panorama can no longer be taken for granted unless we educate people concerning the fragility and vulnerability of its eco systems which is imperative for the conservation and preservation of the landscape.
The Burren Centre is committed to caring for the environment and providing a quality service in a manner that ensures a safe and healthy workplace for our employees/visitors and minimises our potential impact on the environment. We operate in compliance with all relevant environmental legislation and we strive to raise awareness of pollution prevention and environmental best practices in all we do.
We encourage education to observe and develop an awareness of living things in a range of habitats within the local and wider environments. Visitors to The Burren Centre are reminded of the fragility of the eco-systems and uniqueness of the region and asked that care be taken not to disturb the plant and animal life.
“Leave no trace of your visit, take nothing but memories”
The Burren Centre supports the principles of the Burren Code to help safeguard the Burren landscape:
- Leave the limestone pavement as you find it
- Preserve natural habitats and leave wildflowers undisturbed
- Take care not to damage monuments, walls and buildings
- Respect landowners, their property and their livestock
- Park and camp in designated areas
- Leave no trace of your visit, take nothing but memories
At The Burren Centre we minimise our waste by:
- Promoting recycling
- Using environmentally friendly products
- Efficient use of water
- Donating food waste to local farmers for animal feed
- Using eco-friendly bulbs
- Bins for recycling, glass bottle bank
- Paper shredding used for bedding for animals
- Using energy efficiently
- Airtricity supplies all our energy needs
The Burren Eco Tourism Centre
The Burren Eco Centre provides information and educates tourists on our natural and cultural heritage, publicises current events and programs, and serves as an education/outreach centre for both local and tourists. Since the inception of The Burren Centre in 1975 guides at the Centre have had the privilege of interacting with many travellers from all parts of the world. People who come to the Burren are very interested in walking holidays and we can recommend guides who bring the visitors outdoors and guide them to sensitive areas of the Burren minimizing the damage and any negative impact to the naturalness of the Burren.
The role of The Burren Centre is to educate visitors who can then decide in consultation with their guides responsible options for exploring the Burren in order to minimize their impact on the landscape.
Our educational programme helps to develop an awareness of and concern for the local environment and its associated problems.
With knowledge people will have the attitude, motivation, commitment and skills to work individually and collectively towards future sustainability and conservation. It is important to educate people that mankind is an inseparable part of the ecosystem and their actions will impact on their surroundings.
We provide information on our natural environments including different ecosystems, geology, unique plants and animals in the Burren conservation initiatives, nature events and education programs.
Additional information such as maps, interpretation brochure, trail and park guides, and magazines are available for visitor at our Tourist information Point.
We also provide cultural information on historic sites, historic landmarks, heritage and cultural organisations, population statistics, farming, ranching, forestry, and current cultural events. The Burren Eco Centre is a one stop shop for general tourism information and eco-tour packages available in the Burren region. We have environmentally sustainable practices and The Burren Centre is situated at the Gateway to the unique Burren region.
We are a member of Burren Beo Trust. We benefit local communities by employing local people.