Flora and Fauna


Botanists from all over the world have failed to answer why flowers not native to the region grow in such profusion, requiring as they do very different climates, why indeed they can grow in such a seemingly bleak and bare terrain.

If you want to see the flowers travelling through the Burren by car is not the answer you must use the pre Christian Green Roads and Walking Trails.

  • There are over 600 different flowering plants recorded in the Burren
  • Half of the total Irish flora is represented in the Burren region

A rich variety of plants entices many international botanists and the plant lover to search amongst the cracks and crevices of the rock.


Unusual butterflies and moths feed on the unique flora and the hazel scrub and pine forests give cover to the larger animals including the Pine Marten. The magnificent kaleidoscope of colours turn the grey landscape into a fabulous natural rock garden which can be enjoyed even by those whose knowledge of botany is very limited.

A visit to The Burren Centre is a must to study the complex environment which allows for a variety of plants and flowers that flourish in disparate climatic zones to co exist in the one place. to share the same rock crevice. The fascinating exhibition and audio visual display explains in layman’s language the complexities and contradictions of the area.