taken within a quarter of a mile from the sea and not much more than
twenty feet above it. If you look carefully in the foreground there is
cow dung. From all the evidence it was abundantly clear that cattle had
been out-wintered on the land.
That is the whole point. All the wonderful wildflowers are there
the grazing, not DESPITE it. This was proved, almost accidentally, when
the "environmentalists" bought part of The Burren, "... in order to
The first thing they did was to remove the sheep and cattle. The result
was inevitable. Within five years; thorn and hazel SCRUB took over,
smothering the very plants that they wished to preserve.. Now, these
same ignorant people are having to hire herds and flocks to control the
It's good to know that this sort of stupidity is international. We were
beginning to think it was home-grown British.
During counter guerilla operations in
Burren in 1651-52, Ludlow
stated "It is a country where there is not enough water to
drown a man, wood enough to hang one, nor earth enough to bury
him...... and yet their cattle are very fat; for the grass growing in
turfs of earth, of two or three foot square, that lie between the
rocks, which are of limestone, is very sweet and nourishing"
The rolling hills of Burren are
composed of limestone pavements with crisscrossing cracks known as
"grikes", leaving isolated rocks called "clints". The region supports
Mediterranean and Alpine plants side-by-side, due to the unusual
environment. The blue flower of the Spring Gentian, an Alpine
plant, is used as a symbol for the area by the tourist board.
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