Measuring and monitoring have been core to the GeoparkLIFE project. At the outset of the project there was an absence of solid baseline data on the impacts tourism was having on our heritage sites, our landscape, and on our communities. We commissioned a number of reports and undertook several surveys and studies to provide us with a rounded view of the tourism pressures that exist in the Geopark. Below are the reports:
In 2014 the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark undertook a visitor survey at seven demonstration sites. The attached report provides details of their findings.
Coach Tourism Study
In 2014 the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark commissioned a year long study of coach tourism in the Geopark region. The attached report provides details of their findings.
In 2014 the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark undertook visitor observation studies at their demonstration sites. The attached report provides details of their findings.
In 2015 UCD undertook a study to assess the current state of the policies which govern sustainable tourism and conservation management in the Burren and wider area.
In 2016 Clare County Council pepared a discussion report of options for sanitary solutions for visitors to the Poulnabrone Dolmen. The report also includes a review on existing sanitary services within the project area
In 2016 local walking guide Tony Kirby prepared a report on the the practice of Votive offering deposition at St. Colman Mac Duagh’s Hermitage, Eagle’s Rock, Keelhilla – A GeoparkLIFE demonstration site.
Fanore Beach and Dune Management Report
Poulnabrone Site Assessment Report
Carran Church Site Assessment Report
Burren National Park Site Assessment Report
Blackhead – Fanore Site Assessment Report
An Rath – Cahermore Site Assessment Report