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BioBlitz 2015 – Murlough NNR

Friday 3rd July
Murlough NNR, Co. Down
See flyer for details

Music by the Lake at Crom

Saturday 4th July
Crom, Co Fermanagh
Adult £10 Member Adult £10

BioBlitz – Search for Wildlife

Saturday 4th July
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Music Sundays

Sunday 5th July
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 10th July
White Park Bay
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Summer Concert

Saturday 11th July
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Adult £18, Child £18, Member Adult £18, Child £18

Pirates Picnic

Sunday 12th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Pirates Cellar at Pirates Picnic

Sunday 12th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Butterfly Safari

Sunday 12th July
Portstewart Strand
Adult £1, Child £1, same rate for members

50 Things – A Week on the Wildside

Monday 13th July
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Rose Week

Tuesday 14th July
Contact Belfast City Council for details
Contact Belfast City Council for details

Bug Detectives

Wednesday 15th July
Mount Stewart
Child £6

Secret Garden

Thursday 16th July
Meet at Lower Stables car park, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park
£2, under 12s free

Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 17th July
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Argory Tartan

Saturday 18th July
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Jazz in the Garden

Sunday 19th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Coastal Art Exhibition

Sunday 19th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Earl Bishop Trail

Tuesday 21st July
Meet at Castle Walk car park (opposite the Peter Thompson Community Hall)
£10 per person

50 Things – Get Arty

Wednesday 22nd July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Woodland Warriors at Mount Stewart

Wednesday 22nd July
Mount Stewart
Participant £20

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Pop–up Camping

Friday 24th July
Florence Court
Two man tent £30

The Beauty of Butterflies

Saturday 25th July
Meet at Lagan Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre
£2

Focus on Runkerry

Saturday 25th July
Meet at Portballintrae Village Hall
Free

Summer Garden Walk

Saturday 25th July
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5, Member Adult £10, Member Child £5

Summer Book Fair

Saturday 25th July
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Victorian Tea Party

Sunday 26th July
The Argory, Moy
Adult £15 (includes estate admission) Member Adult £10

Beautiful Butterflies at Murlough NNR

Sunday 26th July
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Rockpool Ramble

Wednesday 29th July
Meet at Dunseverick Harbour Car park
Free

Wildlife Trackers

Wednesday 29th July
Mount Stewart
Child £6

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Go Wild with the Rangers at Carrick–a–Rede

Friday 31st July
Carrick–a–Rede
No Charge, Donations Welcome

 
 

Fermanagh Trust wind report 12 March 2012

Research by The Fermanagh Trust has found that communities in Northern Ireland are being financially disadvantaged by wind farm developments in comparison to the rest of the UK.  Other models of community benefit, such as community ownership, have also not been made available locally.

The report has implications for government and the onshore, wind industry – with some of the same companies operating and/or owning wind farms across the UK.

The research findings – the result of a three–month study which was supported by the Building Change Trust – found that the higher levels of payments into community funds in Great Britain have generally not been achieved at approved wind farms in Northern Ireland.

In Great Britain for example, amounts reaching and exceeding £2,000/MW, per annum have increasingly been seen. However, only one of the fourteen community funds in Northern Ireland identified by The Fermanagh’s Trust’s research was found to offer £2,000/MW per annum – this was a recent development which occurred during the lifetime of the research project, offered for a wind farm which has yet to be built.

Throughout the UK average levels of payments being paid into community funds have been found to be increasing through time but in Northern Ireland there appears to be a mixed picture. Whilst some wind farms have seen higher levels of payments in recent years, substantially low levels of payments of between £500–£1000 MW per annum are still being made into community funds for recently approved wind farms.

In relation to community ownership, there are numerous examples of wind farms where developers have taken very innovative approaches towards the provision of community benefits, and have incorporated community ownership into the development. In Northern Ireland, there are no instances of community ownership in a commercial wind farm development, or similar innovative approaches.

The report launch, which was attended by approximately 100 people, heard from representatives from frost–free ltd, a Scottish company that helps communities develop their own wind energy enterprises and helps them benefit from initiatives already proposed in their area.

Bill Acton from frost–free said: “It is important to unlock the potential for local communities to benefit from renewable energy projects. Communities, as well as private developers, must be incentivised to develop their own renewable energy projects or to engage with commercial projects in their area. The significance of the income that can be generated from such ventures has the real potential to create long term, sustainable income streams that will help many communities in the current financial climate.”

Graeme Dunwoody, Researcher with The Fermanagh Trust, said: “There are important recommendations in this report for government, local communities, local councils and the industry. For example; communities need good practice guidance, including a policy on community engagement and a toolkit on community benefits and a minimum payment should be offered by developers which is in line with the rest of the UK; and they should explore, where local communities want it, a form of community ownership.

“Local Councils should formally establish guidance protocols (based on good practice) which provide a framework for engagement by developers with the Councils and local communities and government should develop a public register of community benefits from wind farm projects similar to that currently being established by the Scottish Government.

“Government could also actively support local communities and their potential, positive role in implementing wind farm projects and the contribution they make in the development of a low carbon society. The implementation of this policy should address the need for active community involvement in shaping Northern Ireland’s community energy agenda. Policies ensuring effective support mechanisms need to be in place, such as a local energy assessment fund.”

Read the full report and summary document here.