Information raises awareness, awareness engenders curiosity and respect. In a survey carried out during the summer of 2007 (link to PDF’s) 64% of those surveyed were aware that the Burren was a protected landscape, but only 36% of respondents rated picking flowers, removing stones or building mini-monuments as having high impact. There is a need, therefore, to provide information about legislative protection and explain the impacts of certain practices for visitors who are not automatically aware of the fragility of the Burren environment.
The aim of this programme is to raise awareness amongst visitors of the special nature of the Burren landscape and its communities so that both the land and culture can be explored and enjoyed in a sustainable way. Visitors are encouraged to find out more about the Burren, to stay longer and explore its wealth of natural and cultural attractions whilst ensuring they leave no negative trace of their stay.
The Burren Information Points and Burren Passport offer information on the environment and culture, past and present, and the attractions, activities and tourism service businesses available to the visitor. The Burren Code encourages the visitor to respect and care for the Burren landscape and its occupants.