The astonishing character of the Burren & Cliffs of Moher region has evolved through a powerful combination of geology, ecology, archaeology, agriculture, history, heritage, commerce, creativity and community. These rich and diverse influences infuse the area with a haunting, spectacular and world-unique beauty.
The Burren is one of the largest and most accessible Karst regions in the world. It is best known for its unique flora, it is the only place on the planet where Arctic, Mediterranean and Alpine plants grow side-by-side. The region is also a stronghold for butterflies and moths, the pine marten and its sheltered bays are an important haven for wintering wildfowl.
The Burren also features the densest accumulation of historic monuments in Ireland. Megalithic tombs, early Christian monasteries and medieval towerhouses are an integral part of the Burren landscape.
The Cliffs of Moher are over 200 meters high and run for over eight kilometers along the Atlantic Ocean. Over 30,000 pairs of seabirds including a number of protected species nest at the Cliffs of Moher.
A Geopark is an area with geological heritage of international importance,. Geoparks are special regions with outstanding geology and local culture – regions that support sustainable development, research, education and cultural heritage by working closely with local communities and agencies.
In 2011 the Burren and the nearby Cliffs of Moher were awarded the prestigious UNESCO recognized Global Geopark status.
Many books have been published on the Burren, some featuring its landscape, some its wildlife and some its history and heritage. This book will will bring together all aspects of this unique area and how the landscape, heritage and the people of the Burren are intertwined in a fertile relationship.
Carsten Krieger is one of Ireland's foremost photographers and authors and has been exploring and photographing the Burren for almost 20 years. In 2012 he started this project as a photo blog and in 2013 the project was picked up by the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark.
This book project is a collaboration between the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, The Collins Press and photographer / author Carsten Krieger.
To cover printing and distribution costs € 2500.00 will be provided by the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, € 2750.00 will be raised through this campaign and the Collins Press will cover the remaining costs. If all goes according to plan the book will be out in spring 2015. You can follow the project on the dedicated website www.burrenpicture.com