Wednesday 21st - Sunday 25th Oct

(Part of Burren Winterage Weekend Festival)

This year, the Burren Winterage School goes virtual, with speakers from far and wide contributing to a series of on-line presentations and discussions on themes relating to farming for nature and how farming can make a more positive contribution to addressing our global biodiversity crisis. Featuring speakers from all over the world - including farmers, scientists and policy makers - this event is a great opportunity to explore how we can collectively shape a brighter future for our natural world and the farm families who depend on it to make a living.


Do keep checking this page for further updates...

DAY 1: Wednesday 21st October


Register at https://bit.ly/BWSWed2pm

Theme- Sharing lessons learned and how these might help to inform Ireland’s CAP Strategic plan
This Webinar will hear from a number of ‘European Innovation Partnerships’ across Ireland which are at the cutting edge of innovative, partnership-based approaches to addressing specific environmental challenges. Discussions will focus on how lessons learned from these projects can help to inform the design and delivery of Ireland’s CAP strategic plan, currently under development, so that it can more effectively address our growing environmental challenges.


EVENING KEYNOTE: 8-9.30 pm, Online

Register at https://bit.ly/BWSWed8pm

James Rebanks, author of ‘A Shepherd’s Life’ will talk about his farming life and read from his books. Followed by an open Q&A session with the author.


DAY 2: Thursday 22nd October

WEBINAR: 2-5pm, Online

Register at https://bit.ly/BWSThur2pm

Theme - Rewarding Farmers for the delivery of Ecosystem Services
This Webinar, organised in conjunction with https://www.rbpnetwork.eu/ will look at different approaches across the world to incentivise farmers to improve their environmental performance. Discussions will look at the emergence and impact of such approaches, their advantages and limitations, and what contribution they may make to future policy in the EU and beyond.

EVENING KEYNOTE: 8-9.30 pm, Online

Register at https://bit.ly/BWSThur8pm

Rob Burton, one of the authors of 'The Good Farmer: Culture and Identity in Food and Agriculture' will share some of the fascinating insights from his work. Followed by an open Q&A session.

DAY 3: Friday 23rd October

WEBINAR: 2-5pm, Online

Register at https://bit.ly/BWSFri2pm

Theme - Farmers as first responders to our Climate and Biodiversity crises
This Webinar will explore ways in which farmers across the world are contributing innovatively to addressing our climate and biodiversity crises and shaping a new future for their industry and their communities. The session will also explore capacity issues – education, research, knowledge transfer etc - in scaling ‘farming for nature’ solutions to meet global challenges.


Register at https://bit.ly/BWSFri8pm

Patrick Holden, founder of the Sustainable Food Trust in the UK, www.sustainablefoodtrust.org will share some of his thoughts as a farmer and campaigner (tbc).

DAY 4: Saturday 24th October

Farming for Nature: All day










Actual and virtual events organised in conjunction with www.farmingfornature.ie  will hear from those at the coalface of ‘Farming for Nature’ – the farmers themselves – and their reflections on some of the challenges they face, what motivates them and how they see their farming systems evolving in the years ahead as environmental challenges grow. The event will also acknowledge a number of the 2020 Farming for Nature Ambassadors.


Booking your place on our Ticket Tailor page

Explore the Burren that is not usually open to the public with Farm Walks hosted by six Burren farmers who will share their insights and knowledge into farming in the Burren and the importance of winterage. The walks are a fundraiser for the Trust and tickets cost €10 for Burrenbeo Members and €20 for Non-members. Morning walks will start at 10am and Afternoon walks will start at 2pm. Places are limited in compliance with Covid-19 guidelines. 


 WEBINAR : Farming for Nature Ambassadors, 8-9.30pm

Register at https://bit.ly/BWSSat8pm

The Annual Farming for Nature Ambassador Awards is a celebration of the inspiring work being done on a daily basis by farmers across Ireland to support nature on their land. The session will include a short film and panel discussion featuring several of these Ambassadors as well as the announcement of the winner of a public vote to select their favourite farming for nature Ambassador.

DAY 5: Sunday 25th October

Registration details coming soon 

The Burren Winterage Cattle Drove: 12-1:30pm, Online

Hosted by the Casey Family, Fanore, and broadcast virtually.





The Burren Winterage Festival is coordinated by the landscape charity Burrenbeo Trust with support from the Burren Programme, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, The Heritage Council and FBD Insurance. Burrenbeo Trust is a non-profit organisation that relies on support from the local community and various organisations to carry out its work.  The Trust is hugely grateful for all its supporters.

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