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Wildflower Nursery – Garden Improvement

Sunday 1st May
Knockbracken Belfat
Free

Dawn Chorus Walk

Sunday 1st May
Mount Stewart
Adult £8, Child £5

Apple Blosson Day

Monday 2nd May
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

50 Things – Go Wild at Castle Ward

Monday 2nd May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 2nd May
Crom, Co Fermanagh
Adult £4, Child £2

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Ramble with the Head Ranger

Saturday 7th May
Castle Ward
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Behind the Scenes—Bluebell Walks

Saturday 7th May
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Car Boot Sale at Mount Stewart

Saturday 7th May
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Fishery Open Weekend

Saturday 7th May
Carrick–a–Rede
Normal Admission, Members Free

The Early Bird Catches the Worm

Saturday 7th May
Creggan Country Park
Free

Late Spring Guided Walk

Sunday 8th May
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Spring Walk

Sunday 8th May
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Answer the Call: First World War Posters

Thursday 12th May
Down County Museum
Free

Newtownabbey Bat Walk

Thursday 12th May
Doffer Room, Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey
Free

Candlelit Tour

Friday 13th May
Castle Coole
Adult £10

Butterfly Conservation –Get Involved!

Friday 13th May
Balmoral Park, Maze Lisburn BT27 5RE
Normal Show Admission

Minnowburn Dander

Saturday 14th May
Minnowburn
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Taste of Florence Court

Saturday 14th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Tree Care at Gilford Castle

Sunday 15th May
Gilford Castle
Free

Corn Mill Bursts into Life at Castle Ward

Sunday 15th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Dog Agility

Saturday 21st May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Saint Brendan Sea Safari

Saturday 21st May
Strangford Lough
Adult £15, Child £5, Family £35

Landscape Ecology with Dr. Alan Cooper

Saturday 21st May
An Creagan Center
Free Event

Butterfly Conservation stand and Butterfly Walk

Saturday 21st May
Moneyneena Hall, An Rath Dubh, Moneyneena, Draperstown, Co. Tyrone
Free

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Habitat Restoration on Lowland raised Bog with Andy Crory from Ulster Wildlife

Wednesday 25th May
An Creagan Center
Free Event

Butterfly Monitoring Scheme – Transect Training

Wednesday 25th May
The Barge @ Lagan Valley Regional Park, 3 Lock Keeper’s Lane, Milltown Road, Belfast BT8 7XT
N/A

Resourcing Upland Communities

Thursday 26th May
The Dunloe Hotel, Beaufort, Killarney, Co. Kerry
See flyer for details

The Restoration will be Digitised

Thursday 26th May
Crescent Arts Centre
£10–£20

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Himalayan Balsam Control

Sunday 29th May
Lough Neagh Shore near Antrim
Free

County Fair

Sunday 29th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Ditch Coal National Tour coming to QUB

Monday 30th May
Queen’s University Belfast, University Road BT7 1NN
Free

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NI Offshore Renewable Energy 3 April 2012

Foster launches Northern Ireland’s offshore renewable energy plan

Energy Minister Arlene Foster today announced the publication of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment’s vision for developing Northern Ireland’s offshore renewable energy resources to 2020 and beyond.

The Offshore Renewable Energy Strategic Action Plan (ORESAP) has been developed following a consultation process with key stakeholders such as other Departments, marine sectors and the wider public over the last two years.

Arlene Foster said: “The consultation process was very successful and the stakeholder engagement was extremely beneficial for all parties. As a result, we have been able to identify the range of actions needed to facilitate the successful and sustainable development of our excellent offshore renewable resource. I am keen that this engagement should continue as we implement the plan and work with project developers over the coming years.

The first Northern Ireland Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing Round is well underway with the prospect of The Crown Estate offering development rights by autumn 2012 for offshore wind and tidal projects. Such projects will not only contribute to the Executive’s target of 40% renewable electricity by 2020 but will develop further in the period 2020–2030. ”

The ORESAP contains actions to facilitate the opportunities and also address the challenges of offshore development through a range of policy, legislative and operational activity. DETI has also established an Offshore Renewable Energy Forum, involving external stakeholders representing other marine sectors such as the fishing sector and environmental interests, to advise it in the implementation of the plan.

The Leasing Round process, launched by The Crown Estate in December 2011, is offering a single 600MW offshore wind project off the coast of South Down and multiple tidal projects up to 200MW off Rathlin Island and Torr Head. It is anticipated that projects will reach development stages from 2016/17 onwards.

Rob Hastings, Director of Energy and Infrastructure at The Crown Estate said: “The significant work carried out by DETI over the last couple of years in developing this plan has provided an excellent framework within which The Crown Estate is proceeding with the leasing round in Northern Ireland waters. We will continue to work closely with DETI and other key stakeholders as the round and the implementation of the plan progress.”

Arlene Foster concluded: “Offshore renewables represent a huge opportunity for Northern Ireland; an opportunity to contribute to our challenging renewable energy targets and build new industries to serve this growing offshore market. I am keen that all sectors appreciate and realise the benefits that these activities can provide. We will aim to strike a balance between economic, social and environmental needs as we take forward the plan.”