Doolin Ferry Co has been a proud member of the Burren Ecotourism Network (B.E.N) since 2014. B.E.N is a network of tourism enterprises with the objective of establishing the burren as a recognised sustainable tourism region and ensuring the future economic and sustainable development of its communities, heritage and environment. It works alongside the Burren Geopark to promote ‘The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark’ as a leading sustainable visitor destination, celebrated for high standards in visitor experience, conservation and learning.
In order to be a member of the Burren Ecotourism Network you need to have achieved independent accreditation and demonstrate ecotourism best practice. We are striving to ensure that we are continually improving and learning about how to reduce our environmental impact on the region.
We would really like to encourage all our Doolin Ferry Co customers that when they visit anywhere in the Burren that they are really considerate of the Leave No Trace Ireland principles.
This is an educational message that encourages us as recreational users to understand our actions and to be mindful of our surroundings when we do activities in the outdoors.
The seven principles are:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
Respect any signs, regulations, policies and special concerns for the area that you wish to visit. Ensure you have the skills and equipment needed for your activity and to cope with emergencies that could arise. Check the weather forecast and always be prepared for changing weather conditions
- Be Considerate of Others
Take care not to damage property, especially walls, fences and crops. Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Let nature’s sounds prevail. Keep noise to a minimum.
- Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife
Keep wildlife wild, don’t feed wild animals or birds – our foods damage their health and leave them vulnerable to predators. Farm animals are not pets; remain at a safe distance.
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Concentrate use on existing tracks and campsites and avoid places where impacts are just beginning to show
- Leave What You Find
Conserve the present: leave rocks, flowers, plants, animals and all natural habitats as you find them. Fallen trees are a valuable wildlife habitat; do not remove or use for firewood.
- Dispose of Waste Properly
“If You Bring It In, Take It Out” – take home all litter and leftover food (including tea bags, fruit peels and other biodegradable foods)
- Minimise the Effects of Fire
Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand. Do not use growing vegetation for use as firewood. Avoid burning plastics or other substances: which emit toxic fumes.
We also encourage all our customers not to print their boarding passes to travel with Doolin Ferry and to save to their devices where possible.