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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


Kennedy Launces Strategy 16 March 2012

Kennedy Launches 25 Year Regional Development Strategy

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has launched long term strategic plans that will steer regional development in Northern Ireland up to the year 2035.

The Regional Development Strategy (RDS) document is the result of extensive public consultation, and stakeholder engagement with local government, business, academia, environmental and community groups.

Written with the support and input from Executive colleagues, the RDS addresses key issues including government approach to balanced regional growth, sustainable communities and the challenge of tackling climate change.

Speaking at the launch in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast Danny Kennedy said: The Regional Development Strategy, complementing the Programme for Government, provides an overarching strategic planning framework to facilitate and guide the public and private sectors. It drives to deliver a cohesive cross Departmental strategic approach to regional development.

The strategy is a key document within the planning system and sets out guidance for the preparation of development plans and policy, helping drive urban regeneration initiatives and sits within the new European policy approach to regional redevelopment.

The Regional Development Strategy is closely aligned with the emerging Economic Strategy and provides us with a compass to guide our decision making well into the 21st Century. We have many challenges ahead, but working together as key stakeholders I am confident that we can rise to those challenges and work in partnership to deliver this Strategy.

The Executive formally agreed the strategy earlier this year on 26 January. The document deals with a range of issues which impacts on all government departments and addresses important issues for everyone living in Northern Ireland and further afield.