The Burren is a good example of a glaciated karst landscape. It is situated on the mid-western seaboard of Ireland and covers an area of approximately 720 km² (72,000ha). The conservation importance of the Burren is recognised through the designation of approximately 30,400 ha as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs)
The Burren supports a diversity of flora and fauna. Three-quarters of Ireland’s 900 native plant species are found here including most of Ireland’s orchid species. Seven bird species listed in Annex 1 of the EU Birds Directive occur in the Burren, as do eight of Ireland’s ten native bat species.