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  • The Burren

Fauna in the Burren

The Burren provides a natural habitat for one of Ireland's shyest mammals, the pine marten. The Irish name for pine marten is 'cat crainn'. As the name suggests, the pine marten's natural habitat was once woodland. Over the years, pine martens became unpopular with farmers because they attacked poultry. Due to hunting, their numbers declined.

Butterflies are abundant in the Burren. Most of Ireland's thirty-four species thrive on the varied flora in the area. The pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly from Europe is found in the Burren. This butterfly does not live anywhere else in Ireland.