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Burren tops Nationwide Heritage Survey

September 2, 2010

A new survey on Heritage sites in Ireland has found that the Burren is Ireland’s favourite heritage site, ahead of Newgrange, the Cliffs of Moher, Glendalough and the Hill of Tara. The Burren, one of 10 Irish sites on the Unesco heritage “tentative” list, is also the site that most people would prefer to be granted Unesco World Heritage Site status. The survey of 200 respondents from 23 counties was conducted by Ecclesiastical, an insurer of heritage buildings, and took place over the Summer. And why might the Burren be so important? Let’s take one agricultural biodiversity example, bees as pollinators of our crops. The Burren features three- quarters of all the species of bumble bee found in Ireland. Unfortunately, of the 101 different species of bee in Ireland, around 30 are now threatened with extinction. The contribution bees make to agriculture and the horticultural sector in Ireland is estimated to be worth €50m each year.

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