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Sculpture Trail

Monday 1st August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Go Batty

Friday 5th August
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 5th August
White Park Bay
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Music by the Lake

Saturday 6th August
Crom Estate, Upper Lough Erne, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh BT92 8AJ
Adult £10

Car Boot Sale

Saturday 6th August
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

August Summer Sundays at Springhill

Sunday 7th August
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

August Summer Sundays at The Argory

Sunday 7th August
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Jazz Series at Castle Ward

Sunday 7th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Bug Detectives at Mount Stewart

Wednesday 10th August
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

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Batty Bonanza

Friday 12th August
Springhill Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Butterfly Safari Portstewart Strand

Saturday 13th August
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1, Member Adult £2, Child £1

CraftFest 2016

Saturday 13th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Kite Festival

Sunday 14th August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Wildlife Trackers

Wednesday 17th August
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

Batty Chat at Crom

Thursday 18th August
Crom
Adult £8, Child £4, Family £20, Member Adult £8, Child £4, Family £20

Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 19th August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Whale Watch

Sunday 21st August
Portmuck, Islandmagee
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 28th August
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Afternoon Tea at The Argory

Sunday 28th August
The Argory, Moy
Adult £20 (includes estate admission) Child £10 (includes estate admission) Member Adult £15, Child £7.50

Honey Show at Florence Court

Sunday 28th August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Cruise the Lough at Crom

Monday 29th August
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2, Member Adult £4, Child £2

Sizzling Summer BBQ Day

Tuesday 30th August
Rowallane Garden
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”.