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The Burren, Co. Clare:


Photo; 7th May, 2008. the Burren, Co. Clare.

This picture was 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 BECAUSE of the grazing, not DESPITE it. This was proved, almost accidentally, when the "environmentalists" bought part of The Burren, "... in order to preserve it."

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 vegetation.

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 Arctic, 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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