Ireland is fortunate that it still retains many sites that have a unique character and support important elements of Ireland’s biodiversity. Picking a top ten was an extremely difficult process as there are so many sites to choose from, each with its own unique features. Nonetheless, here are Biodiversity Ireland’s suggestions for 10 sites that we think should be on anyone’s ‘bucket list’ who wants to experience the best of Ireland’s biodiversity.

The Burren, Co. Clare

The Burren, Co. Clare
The limestone uplands of the Burren, Co. Clare is an extraordinary landscape of remarkable wildlife value. Here the combination of thin soils and extensive livestock grazing support wonderful species-rich grasslands, and many species are found here that occur nowhere else in Ireland.  Also, plants grow here in combinations that are found nowhere else on earth. It has a stunning diversity of insect life too. It is an area one could spend a lifetime exploring (Photograph: Liam Lysaght).