Around the World with Gummibär: Burren National Park in Ireland!


For my very last sight-seeing stop in Ireland for Around the World with Gummibär, I decided to take a trip to Burren National Park! Look at all the ROCKS!

The Burren National Park is located in the southeastern corner of the Burren, a region of County Clear and is approximately 1500 hectares (about 3,707 acres) in size. The word “Burren” comes from an Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place. Burren National Park was bought by the Irish Government for nature conservation as well as public access. It contains examples of all the major habitats within the Burren: Limestone Pavement, Calcareous Grassland, Hazel scrub, Ash/Hazel Woodland, Turloughs, Lakes, Petrifying Springs, Cliffs and Fen.  Burren National Park has been referred to in the past as “Fertile rock” due to the mixture of nutrient-rich herb and floral species. The highest point in the park is Knockanes (207 metres) which continues as a curving terraced ridge to Mullaghmór to the south. East of this ridge is an area of extensive, low lying limestone pavement containing a number of semi-permanent lakes. West of this ridge the pavement sweeps down to partially drift-covered ground which gradually rises again to reach the foot of a rocky escarpment. To the south of the park the limestone bedrock disappears under a layer of glacial till. This till area is far more intensively managed for pasture and silage. Click here to read more!

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