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Stargazing at Ballintoy

Wednesday 2nd September
Meet at Ballintoy Harbour Carpark


Bumbling with Bees

Saturday 5th September
Meet at Lower Stables car park, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

Autumn Book Fair

Saturday 5th September
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free


Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Weekend

Friday 11th September
Copeland Bird Observatory
usual charges for CBO – membership (necessary for insurance purposes) together with the weekend fee which covers boat charges from and to Donaghadee (depart Friday evening and returning Sunday afternoon).

Heritage Open Day – Visit For Free

Saturday 12th September
Any National Trust Attraction
Free, donations welcome


Environment Ireland Conference 2015

Wednesday 16th September
Croke Park, Dublin
See website for details

Return to Source

Thursday 17th September
Meet at Drumbridge car park


MCS Beachwatch

Saturday 19th September
Murlough NNR
No Cost

Portstewart Strand MCS Beachwatch

Saturday 19th September
Portstewart Strand
No Cost

Walk and Talk

Sunday 20th September
Divis and the Black Mountain

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland – 1st Public Meeting

Monday 21st September
Duncairn Centre, Duncairn Avenue, Belfast BT14 6BP


Fungi Foray

Saturday 26th September
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Red Squirrel Day

Saturday 26th September
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

50 Things – Autumn Fun

Saturday 26th September
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free


Nature & Sports Euro Meet

Wednesday 30th September
Various, see programme for details
See website for details


Historic City Design Guide 8 March 2012

Minister Attwood launches Design Guide for Historic City Conservation Area

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has launched a Design Guide for Historic City Conservation Area, which will protect the area’s special architectural and historic character.

This Design Guide also alters the boundary of the Conservation Area as originally designated in 1977. The Historic City Conservation Area now includes additional areas around Carlisle Road, Horace Street, Hawkin Street, Henry Street, Grove Place, a small section of John Street and a small extension to Waterloo Place. A small area has also been excluded which is now part of the Foyleside Shopping Centre.

Alex Attwood explained: “Along with the recently published Magee Design Guide the publication of the Historic City Design Guide today should improve our understanding of the unique characteristics that make up the city and help us all to preserve or enhance its character of appearance.

“The new guide will provide us with a better understanding of the distinctive attributes of the Conservation Area. It will assist the Department in managing change, within the Conservation Area and its setting, in order to ensure that its special character is protected.

With regard to recent events within the city, Alex Attwood went on to say: “In the recent instance of the demolition of a non–listed building in the city illustrates, albeit demolition required on health and safety grounds, the Department’s powers are not limitless. It is important therefore that we strive to spread awareness of the many benefits both social and economic that conservation area status can bring.”