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Stargazing at Ballintoy

Wednesday 2nd September
Meet at Ballintoy Harbour Carpark
Free

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Bumbling with Bees

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

Autumn Book Fair

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

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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

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Environment Ireland Conference 2015

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

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Thursday 17th September
Meet at Drumbridge car park
Free

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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
Free

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland – 1st Public Meeting

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

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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

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Nature & Sports Euro Meet

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

   
 

NI Plugs into Electric Cars 3 April 2012

Looking to the future as Northern Ireland plugs into electric cars

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy and Environment Minister Alex Attwood have jointly launched the infrastructure that will support the increasing number of owners and drivers of electric vehicles in Northern Ireland.

An electric vehicle or ecar is any vehicle that is powered, in full or part, by a battery that can be charged by plugging it directly into a mains electricity supply.

The Ministers arrived together at City Hall in Belfast in a car wholly powered by batteries to reveal details of the first phase of public charge points that have been appearing in cities and towns across Northern Ireland.

Danny Kennedy said: The ecar Project in Northern Ireland, jointly led by Department for Regional Development and Department of the Environment, is set to change the way we think about transport.

While most drivers will recharge their ecars at home overnight, from today the first of what will become a fully integrated network of public charge points becomes available to everyone using an electric vehicle. The charge points provide a convenient facility for drivers to top–up away from home, if necessary.

Whether we use the car for personal or commercial reasons, electric vehicles, with a typical range of around 100 miles on a full charge, now offer a tangible alternative to petrol or diesel fuelled vehicle.

Over 40 public opportunity charge–points are now available in Belfast, Londonderry, Newry, Armagh, Enniskillen and Larne. Over the next year this number will increase to around 140. Special rapid chargers will also be introduced close to major roads that can charge a vehicle to 80% of its capacity in just 25 minutes. Charge Points in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland are fully compatible. Their are charge point location maps and more general information at http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/ecar.

Commenting on the importance of todays launch, Environment Minister Alex Attwood said: From a climate change, an air quality and a health perspective there is a clear need to do something about the emissions from road transport. One of the ways of tackling this challenge while retaining flexibility over transport choice is to encourage greater use of low emission / zero emission vehicles.

My aim is to make Northern Ireland a world leader in carbon reduction and the use of electric vehicles, ideally powered by electricity from renewable sources, is an excellent way to decarbonise transport and contribute to our climate change, air quality and noise objectives.

I see electric vehicles as an exciting part of our transport future and I would encourage both individuals and fleet buyers to consider electric vehicles as a truly viable alternative to petrol or diesel power.

Anyone, including business users, can take advantage of a Government grant that offers a saving of up to 5,000 off the list price of a new electric car or up to 8000 off the list price of a new electric van.

The first 300 private or business users who buy an electric vehicle qualify for a 1,500 grant to install a charge point at their home or workplace.

Other financial incentives include exemption from fuel duty, vehicle excise duty, company car tax, van benefit charge and fuel benefit charge. Business users can also benefit from enhanced capital allowances.