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Farm Nutrient Computer Session

Tuesday 3rd March
North West Regional College – Limavady Campus
Free

Peregrines, Pesticides and Politics

Wednesday 4th March
Ulster Museum, Stranmillis Road
£1 for NIOC members, £3 for non–members

Eco–Schools 20th Anniversary Celebration Event

Thursday 5th March
Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt
Free

Lost Industrial Archaeology of the Mournes

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

Northern Ireland Bat Conference

Friday 6th March
Drummond Hotel, Ballykelly
Free

Free Open Day

Saturday 7th March
Various
No charge, donations welcome

Fermanagh Places

Saturday 7th March
Florence Court, Castle Coole and Crom
No charge, donations welcome

In the Valley of Giants

Saturday 7th March
Meet at Shaw’s Bridge Car Park
Free

Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group (NIRSG) Annual Conference

Saturday 7th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, Craigavon, Co. Armagh, BT66 6NJ
£20

Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group Conference

Saturday 7th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
£20 which includes tea/coffee and lunch

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Feeling the Heat: How climate change is driving extreme weather in the developing world

Tuesday 10th March
Room 115, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast
Free

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Traditional Irish Music at Mussenden Temple

Saturday 14th March
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Adult £18, Child £18

St Patrick’s Day Festival

Saturday 14th March
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Daffodil Danders

Saturday 14th March
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Mother’s Day – Historical Cream Tea

Sunday 15th March
Castle Ward
Adult £16, Child £10

Mother’s Day Tea Party

Sunday 15th March
The Argory, Moy
Adult £15 Child £7.50 (includes estate admission)

Shamrock Shenanigans

Sunday 15th March
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Saint Patrick’s Day Walk

Tuesday 17th March
Castle Ward
Free

St Patrick’s Day at Castle Ward

Tuesday 17th March
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Leprechaun Hunt

Tuesday 17th March
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Informing Local Development Plans – Delivering certainty for communities and investors

Wednesday 18th March
Riddel Hall, Queens University Belfast, Stranmillis
£115, NIEL Members can avail of the discounted rate.

MAMBO 2 Conference

Thursday 19th March
Marine Court Hotel, Bangor
£80 + VAT

Innovation – Development, Design, Delivery

Thursday 19th March
NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB
N/A

The Irish Heritage Trust, the story so far

Friday 20th March
Pat Collins reading room at Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast
Free

Spring Book Fair

Saturday 21st March
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Rhododendron Ramble and Roast

Sunday 22nd March
Mount Stewart
Adult £15 Child £8

Space & Place Information Seminars

Monday 23rd March
Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown
Free

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Biodiversity Training – Introduction to ground dwelling insects and other invertebrates

Thursday 26th March
Belvoir Forest Education Room

Outdoor Recreation Networking Event

Friday 27th March
Greenmount Agricultural College
£15

Spring Guided Walk

Saturday 28th March
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Easter Egg Trail at Springhill

Monday 30th March
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at The Argory, Moy

Monday 30th March
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members 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.