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Canals and Navigations

Friday 1st August
Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Free

Have a Go Day

Friday 1st August
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Rare Breeds Poulty Fair

Saturday 2nd August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free, Seperate Charge for Sellers

August Car Boot Sale at Mount Stewart

Saturday 2nd August
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Lughnasa Fair at Carrickfergus Castle

Saturday 2nd August
Carrickfergus Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

August Saturdays at Dunluce Castle

Saturday 2nd August
Dunluce Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Meadows to Mountains Walk

Saturday 2nd August
St Galls Clubhouse, 4 Miltown Row, Belfast
Small fee for the day

Kite Festival

Sunday 3rd August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Family Fun Day

Sunday 3rd August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Strangford Sea Safari

Sunday 3rd August
Strangford Lough
Adult £12, Child £6

Kite Festival at Redburn

Sunday 3rd August
Redburn Country Park
Free

World War 1 Weekend, Grey Point Fort

Sunday 3rd August
Grey Point Fort
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Early Christian Life on the Island

Sunday 3rd August
Devenish Monastic Site
Free

World War One Film Night, Grey Point Fort

Monday 4th August
Grey Point Fort
N/A

Beckett Season – Storytelling event at Curry’s Cottage

Tuesday 5th August
Curry’s Cottage, Derrylin, 9 Derryhooly Rd, BT92 9ES
See flyer for details

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Go Batty! at Ardress House

Friday 8th August
Ardress House
Adult £5, Child £3, Family £13

Bat Night at Quoile

Friday 8th August
Quoile Countryside Centre
Free

Tully Castle Capers and Dog Show

Saturday 9th August
Tully Castle, Derrygonnelly
Free

Medieval Fair at Dundrum Castle

Saturday 9th August
Dundrum Castle
Free

Geology of Northern Ireland in a Nutshell

Saturday 9th August
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Open Day at Ards Allottments

Saturday 9th August
Ards Allottments
Free

Geology Rocks

Sunday 10th August
Assembly point: 10:30am Dunseverick Harbour Car Park
Free

National Marine Week Geology Rocks at Dunseverick

Sunday 10th August
Dunseverick, Bushmills
Free

Medieval Food & Quill Writing

Sunday 10th August
Fermanagh County Museum
Normal Admission Rates Apply

August Week on the Wildside

Monday 11th August
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Normal Admission, Members Free

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CraftFest 2014

Friday 15th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Victorian Weekend

Saturday 16th August
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free, Additional Charge for Afternoon Tea

World War One Commemorations

Saturday 16th August
Inniskillings Museum
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Drystone Walling, Inishowen, County Donegal

Saturday 16th August
Inishowen, Co Donegal
TBC

Landscape Painting & Photography Workshops

Saturday 16th August
Castle Archdale, Country Park
Free

Go Batty in the Park at Mossley Mill

Saturday 16th August
Mossley Mill, Newtowabbey
Free

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An Evening at Yellow Jack’s Cairn

Thursday 21st August
Divis and the Black Mountain
Adult £3

Batty Bonanza

Friday 22nd August
Springhill
Adult £5, Child £3, Family £13, Price includes light refreshments

Bat Walk

Friday 22nd August
Boom Hall – Derry–Londonderry
No charge, donations welcome

Season’s End in the Dunes

Saturday 23rd August
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1

Go Fishing

Saturday 23rd August
Assembly Point: Altnahinch Dam Car Park
Free

Nature’s Little Helpers at Kilbroney Forest Park

Saturday 23rd August
Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor
Free

Jazz Sunday

Sunday 24th August
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Princesses and Pirates

Sunday 24th August
Springhill
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer of Cultures Family Fun Day

Monday 25th August
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Tickets £3.50 per adult/ child/senior & student. Under 2’s go free. Group ticket for 5 admissions – £15.00.

Cot Trips – August Bank Holiday

Monday 25th August
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

Bank Holiday Monday at Carrickfergus Castle

Monday 25th August
Carrickfergus Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

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International Pollinator Pow–Wow

Wednesday 27th August
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
Free

Bat Night

Thursday 28th August
Assembly point: 7:30pm O’Harabrook Estate stable yard, Ballymoney (approx. 10pm  nish)
Free

Bat Evening at Roe Valley

Thursday 28th August
Roe Valley Country Park
Free

Putting Ecosystem Services into Practice

Thursday 28th August
Garron Plateau, Co. Antrim
£20.00

Central and Local Government Reform

Friday 29th August
Clifton House, North Queen Street, Belfast
Free

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Meet the Normans!

Sunday 31st August
Carrickfergus Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

      
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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.