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01

Renewables on the Farm with David Trimble

Monday 2nd February
Limavady Rugby Club
Free

03

Rush Control with Graeme Campbell (CAFE) & Rebecca Allen (Water Catchment Partnership)

Wednesday 4th February
Mariners Bar, Waterfoot
Free

05

The Archaeology of the Ballycastle Collieries, Ireland’s Oldest Coal Fields

Friday 6th February
Pat Collins reading room at Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast
Free

Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 7th February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Landscape Futures Northern Ireland: Building a United Community

Monday 9th February
The Long Gallery, Stormont, Parliament Buildings, Belfast
Free

Farming in the Hills and Uplands

Monday 9th February
Glenlough Community Centre, Carnlough
Free

Farm Nutrient Management Planning with Graeme Campbell

Tuesday 10th February
Limavady Rugby Club
Free

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Introduction to Aphis with Zara Morrison

Monday 16th February
North West Regional College – Limavady Campus
Free

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18

NI Science Festival 2015

Thursday 19th February
Various
Contact Chris McCreery for details

Beef Shorthorn for Uplands

Thursday 19th February
Glenmona House, Cushendun
Free

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Soil Nutirent Computer Session

Tuesday 24th February
Cross & Passion College, Ballycastle
Free

25

Turing Lecture

Thursday 26th February
Belfast City Hall
N/A

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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”.