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Moving, conserving and interpreting the Downpatrick High Cross

Friday 4th April
Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Free

Nuno Felt Scarf Workshop by Jacki Sleator

Saturday 5th April
Enniskillen Castle Museums
£45 includes light refreshments, this fee includes a £20 non–refundable deposit

Short Course on Field Skills for Identifying and Recording Plants

Saturday 5th April
National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin Dublin,
N/A

Car Boot Sale

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

Spring into Action for a Beach Clean

Saturday 5th April
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Free

Get Buzzing

Saturday 5th April
Rowallane Garden
Adult £20

Habitat Improvement

Sunday 6th April
Lagan Valley Regional Park
Free

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IfA 2014 Conference and Training Event

Wednesday 9th April
Glasgow Marriott
See website

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Bird Surveys Techniques

Friday 11th April
Derrygonnelly
£200

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Easter Egg Trail

Monday 14th April
Springhill
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at The Argory

Monday 14th April
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

eNGO Workshop

Monday 14th April
Peatlands Park
Free

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Wind Energy … the New Goldrush?

Wednesday 16th April
Conference Hall, Admin Building, Loughry College, Cookstown BT80 9AA
Free

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Easter at the Barn

Friday 18th April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at Mount Stewart

Friday 18th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Nest Finding Course

Saturday 19th April
Oxford Island
£15

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday 19th April
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Normal Admission, Members Free

Greyabbey Bay Walk

Saturday 19th April
Strangford Lough
Adult £5, Child £2.50

Wild in the Park – Easter Bunnies

Saturday 19th April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Price: £2.75 per adult, £2.25 per child/concession

Easter Pondemonium

Saturday 19th April
Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor
Free

Easter Egg–stravaganza

Sunday 20th April
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Madness

Sunday 20th April
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Sunday Treasure Trails

Sunday 20th April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Fair

Sunday 20th April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail At Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Sunday 20th April
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at Ardress House

Sunday 20th April
Ardress House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at Wellbrook Beetling Mill

Sunday 20th April
Wellbrook Beetling Mill
Normal Admission, Members Free

Wild In The Park: Spring Is In The Air With Phil’s Farm

Sunday 20th April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

Easter Egg Rolling Competition

Sunday 20th April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

Picnic in the Park

Monday 21st April
Forthill, Enniskillen
Free

Easter Cot Cruise

Monday 21st April
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

Easter Monday Fun Day

Monday 21st April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Hunt – Derry–Londonderry

Monday 21st April
St Columb’s Court, Derry–Londonderry
No charge, donations welcome

Up Close With A Fantastic Fox & Friends

Monday 21st April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

Fantastic Mr. Fox Maze Hunt

Monday 21st April
Carnfunnock Country Park
£3 passport

Drumclay Crannog Exhibition

Monday 21st April
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Easter Chick Trail

Tuesday 22nd April
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Vintage Rally

Saturday 26th April
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Wild In The Park: Falcons And Friends

Saturday 26th April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

Jazz in the Garden

Sunday 27th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

A Twisted Torc

Monday 28th April
Elmwood Building, Queens University
Free

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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.