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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 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.