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Stargazing at Ballintoy

Wednesday 2nd September
Meet at Ballintoy Harbour Carpark


Bumbling with Bees

Saturday 5th September
Meet at Lower Stables car park, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

Autumn Book Fair

Saturday 5th September
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free


Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Weekend

Friday 11th September
Copeland Bird Observatory
usual charges for CBO – membership (necessary for insurance purposes) together with the weekend fee which covers boat charges from and to Donaghadee (depart Friday evening and returning Sunday afternoon).

Heritage Open Day – Visit For Free

Saturday 12th September
Any National Trust Attraction
Free, donations welcome


Environment Ireland Conference 2015

Wednesday 16th September
Croke Park, Dublin
See website for details

Return to Source

Thursday 17th September
Meet at Drumbridge car park


MCS Beachwatch

Saturday 19th September
Murlough NNR
No Cost

Portstewart Strand MCS Beachwatch

Saturday 19th September
Portstewart Strand
No Cost

Walk and Talk

Sunday 20th September
Divis and the Black Mountain

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland – 1st Public Meeting

Monday 21st September
Duncairn Centre, Duncairn Avenue, Belfast BT14 6BP


Fungi Foray

Saturday 26th September
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Red Squirrel Day

Saturday 26th September
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

50 Things – Autumn Fun

Saturday 26th September
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free


Nature & Sports Euro Meet

Wednesday 30th September
Various, see programme for details
See website for details


EC Challenge on Strangford 16 March 2012

EC challenge on Strangford Lough

The Department of Environment and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed that a letter has been received from the European Commission outlining their final position in respect of the management of Strangford Lough.

The Commission has raised concerns about the protection of the remaining communities of Horse Mussels (modiolous), the control and assessment of pot fishing and acquaculture activities and enhance restoration of habitat.

Alex Attwood said: “A formal letter has been received from the EU commencing a process of investigation and dialogue. Our response must be decisive. We need to demonstrate that the horse mussel reef issue is being conclusively addressed. I will be discussing this issue with my Executive colleague Michelle O’Neill. We have until May this year to convince the EU that any deterioration is being addressed, beyond which infraction awaits”

Minister O’Neill added “My Department has responsibility for fisheries management in the Lough. I remain disappointed with the Commission interpretation but I am determined to develop a response which fully matches our responsibility under the Habitats Directive. I have undertaken to meet fishermen in the near future to discuss options with them and officials from both Departments will be working hard together to develop a satisfactory management regime for the future.”

Minister Attwood concluded “Following my meetings in Brussels, I am arranging to return to Brussels in the next few weeks to discuss with senior EU officials – and I hope with the Environment Commissioner – to attempt to ensure understanding of measures to protect the horse mussel reef, a sustainable fishing industry working in harmony within the ethos of the Habitats Directive and to show an unambiguous determination to settle the matter once and for all”.