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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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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.”