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Mid–Ulster Vintage Rally

Saturday 6th June
Springhill
Adult £5, Child £2

Get Stuck in at Murlough

Saturday 6th June
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Family Pond Dip

Saturday 6th June
Meet at Belvoir Park Forest car park
£2 per child

Sun Set Paddle Board Trail

Saturday 6th June
Meet at Swanns Bridge,Limavady
Free

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Book4Tea Week

Monday 8th June
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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The Bat Knight

Friday 12th June
Castle Ward
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Good Food Market

Saturday 13th June
The Argory
Normal Admission, Members Free

A Walk Back in Time

Saturday 13th June
Meet at Ballycastle Forest Car park
Free

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Uncovering a mysterious past at Slievenacloy

Monday 15th June
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve
Free

Guided Archaeology Walk,

Tuesday 16th June
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve
Free

Rural NI: Your Place Your Voice

Tuesday 16th June
Various – see above
Free

Ancient Woodland Restoration Workshop

Wednesday 17th June
Shane’s Castle Estate – Randalstown Rd – Antrim
Free

Irish Forum on Natural Capital – Launch Event

Thursday 18th June
Trinity Enterprise Centre, Dublin
See website for details

BioBlitz 2015 – White Park Bay

Friday 19th June
White Park Bay, Co. Antrim
See flyer for details

Garden Fair at Springhill

Saturday 20th June
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Get Mellow in the Meadow

Saturday 20th June
Minnowburn
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Peregrine Watch at Whitehead

Saturday 20th June
Beach Road Nature Reserve, Whitehead
Free

A Walk into the Past

Sunday 21st June
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Strangford Sea Safari Boat Trip – Father’s Day Special

Sunday 21st June
Castle Ward
N/A

Orchid Walk

Sunday 21st June
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1

Father’s Day at Mount Stewart

Sunday 21st June
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Training on how to survey cliff nesting seabirds

Sunday 21st June
Contact Kerry for more information
£25

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Wildflower Walk

Saturday 27th June
Meet at Knightsbridge entrance to Lagan Meadows
Free

Summer Bounty

Sunday 28th June
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

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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”.