Burren Nature Sanctuary Responsible Tourism Policy
Our aim is to engage our visitors with nature to foster respect and responsibility and run our business in a truly sustainable manner.
- We are committed to raising awareness about sustainability issues among staff, suppliers and visitors.
- Our staff have a program of ongoing training on sustainability, the natural history of the Burren and our environmental policy.
- We are 100% committed to environmental good practice and related principles.
- We are committed to monitoring and measuring our impacts
- We are committed to respecting the Geopark Sustainable Code of Practice.
- We are a member of Leave no Trace Ireland and are committed to practicing and teaching these principles
- We are committed to cooperating with others to ensure social and environmental benefits for local communities visitors and the region itself.
- Member of the Burren Ecotourism Network
- Member of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark
- Member of Leave No Trace Ireland
- Certified organic farm registered with IOFGA
- Organic polytunnel and composting of waste
- Green build- high insulation, air to water heat pump, rain water harvesting system
- High spec wast water system with sand filter
- 25 acres dedicated to conservation and wildlife sanctuary
- We pride ourselves in being an equal opportunities employer and strive towards inclusiveness and accessibility in all areas.
- Winners of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark Visitor Interpretation award 2014
- Winners of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark Leave no Trace award 2014
It is our policy to meet targets in our responsible tourism plan
We aim in 2016 to increase our training program, increase recyclable waste by 10% reduce energy by 10% reduce treated water consumption by 10% increase green purchasing by 10% and increase the use of sustainable transport by 50%.
- Counted by using arm bands as entrance tickets
- We aim to reduce the consumption of treated water per visitor
- We will continue our own attempts at water conservation in the kitchen
- We have a 'by weight' billing system and weigh all kitchen waste that goes to compost/pig and chickens.
- We monitor portion size and production
- We use recyclable napkins, food prep gloves and j cloths
- We have a no picnics policy to reduce waste
- Our insulation is very effective
- All bulbs that can be replaced with LED bulbs have been
- We use more cold water to rinse in the wash up
- We understand climate change issues and are committed to addressing climate change by reaching our targets
- We have planted an area of native trees and hedging to offset carbon usage.
Contribution to Conservation
- We have 25 acres of undisturbed nature sanctuary and a sustainable collection of Burren flora in the Burren Botany Bubble
- We provide Leave no Trace training to primary schools
Guiding and interpretation
- Burren Nature Sanctuary were winners of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Visitor Interpretation Award 2014
Our visitor profile is presently families with children
Our target visitors are tourists on the Wild Atlantic Way
Visitors come to the Burren Nature Sanctuary to enjoy the mile long nature walk through 5 of the Burren habitats meanwhile learning about the natural history of the Burren by engaging with nature
Visitors also come to find out about exploring and negotiating the rest of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark sites and other Burren Ecotourism Network initiatives.
Visitors take guided and non guided walks.
We offer information through our trained staff, signage, website, map and audio tour app.
Leaflets for all BEN members are displayed in the lobby, along with a Burren Map.
Reference books are available for staff use to help with continued training.
We have a well used visitor book in the lobby for comments as well as regular online surveys and comment cards on tables
- We continue to add to our interpretation signage
- We provide visitors with information for sustainable travel options for their visit
- We installed a bike rack in 2014 and have become a popular stop for cyclists.
- We have approached Galway Co Co through our local councillor to start a hop on hop of bus for our area that might link up with the Co Clare tourist bus around the Burren.