The Burren

Co. Clare 19th June 2022
recording general
led by
Hannah Mulcahy, Phoebe O’Brien, Donncha Ó Catháin

On this trip we will visit a range of botanically rich habitats in the Burren including limestone pavement, calcareous grassland and turlough. We envisage the trip to be suitable for botanists of all levels as we aim to cover the unique habitats and plant species of the Burren. If time allows, we will explore some locations that have received less recording attention in recent years in the hope of re-finding interesting species or new sites for others.

Expect to see a range of orchids including: Neotinea maculata (Dense-flowered Orchid), Dactylorhiza fuchsii subsp. okellyi (Common Spotted-orchid) and Ophrys insectifera (Fly Orchid); as well as plants characteristic of the Burren flora such as Potentilla fruticosa (Shrubby Cinquefoil) and Helianthemum oelandicum (Hoary Rock-rose). Please bring suitable footwear for rough terrain, and warm/waterproof clothing. Also bring a packed lunch, sun cream and water.

Meeting point will be at Cooloortla (R3418 9663) Burren National Park. There is some limited parking available here. If attendees have the option of car-sharing (in accordance with Covid guidance) this is recommended.