The Burren Wildlife Symposium

Programme - Wildlife Symposium May 2005 (page updated 25th April, 2005)

Dates: Friday, 20th May 2005 to Sunday, 22th May 2005.

Venue: O'Donoghue's Hall, Fanore, Co. Clare, Ireland

Contact: John Considine, Director  - PLEASE put 'Burren' in the subject!!!!

Obituaries:  John D. Mac Namara RIP      Hugh M. McKenna RIP

Symposium Information

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Date Time Topic (Sponsor)
Friday 20th May 2005. 9.30 pm. Welcome and Opening Session - "The Last First Gentian"

Speaker: John Considine, Symposium Director


Saturday, 21st May 2005 10.00am  

The inaugural John D. MacNamara memorial lecture:

Dr. Paddy Sleeman, Ph. D.,

Dept. Of Zoology, Animal Ecology & Plant Science, UCC

Topic: “Martens to Meles meles:- the ecology of Irish martens and badgers.”


(Joseph P. McDonagh, Solr.)


11.15am Coffee Break



Lecture – in memory of Hugh M. McKenna, Oregon, U.S.A.

Christine Grant, M.A., Archaeologist

Topic: “The Cairns Of Poulawack”

(Cllr. John Flynn, Consulting Engineer, Ennis)


2.00pm departure of afternoon field trips with expert guides, to see archaeological sites at Poulawack, Burren Spring flora, wildlife habitats - see notice board for last-minute details.

The famous Poulnabrone Dolmen



Wildlife watching & photography - see Badger, Fox and Pine Marten Habitats

Adrian Glasgow & crew

cranesbill - in a limestone frame


Sunday, 22nd May 2005 10.00a.m.


Anniversary mass in Fanore Church in memory of the late John D. MacNamara, founder of the Burren Wildlife Symposium.

- Lecture -  in memory of David C. Hely-Hutchinson:

Ms. Maryangela Keane

Topic: ‘Spring Flora Of The Burren’

(Michel Glynn & Co., Solrs, Limerick)


11.15am Coffee Break

Lecture – in memory of Gerrit van Gelderen.

Gordon D’Arcy

Topic: ‘The Birds Of North Clare’

(ESS Ltd - Mr. Liam O'Connell, Fanore)
2.30pm Assemble for outdoor field trips, including optional boat trip to the seabird colony at the Cliffs of Moher,  & exploratory shoreline walk from Doolin to Ballyreen (c. 6 Km.)

Boat trip web page

The Cliffs Of Moher Seabird Colony - BWS 2003

Picture taken from our boat trip at the cliffs at our last Symposium in 2003, showing the seabird colony at sea level, rising to 600 feet at the cliff tops


Wildlife watching (see notice board & announcements for details) , followed by:

At The Admiral’s Rest, Symposium review and closing remarks – planning for the next Symposium – all contributions welcome.

9.30 p.m. – Our famous and traditional:

-‘Mr. Glasgow’s Burren Wildlife Quiz’-

A fun event, where you can pit your wits against our wily quizmaster, relax and enjoy the wonderful and renowned photographic slides of Adrian Clasgow, and maybe win a prize.

The Rinn Point - near Ballyvaughan