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Scrub Clearance and Hedge Management

Sunday 1st October
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve
Free

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Presentation on Invasive Species in the Glens of Antrim

Wednesday 11th October
St Mary’s Parish Centre, Cushendall, Co. Antrim
Free

Tackling the Decline in Pollinating Insects: Boosting Community Partnerships and Engagement Nationwide

Thursday 12th October
Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London
See website for details

Belfast Sustainability Network – Sustainability Social

Thursday 12th October
Sweet Afton Bar & Kitchen, Brunswick Street, Belfast BT2 7GE
Free

One enchanted evening at Oakfield Glen, Carrickfergus

Friday 13th October
Oakfield Glen, Carrickfergus
£5 per child; adults go free

Outdoor Learning in the Early Years

Saturday 14th October
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
Resident: £135, Non Resident £99

Grass Roots AGM

Saturday 14th October
Newtownbreada Presbyterian Church Hall, Ormeau Road, Belfast
Free

Red Squirrel Walks in Slieve Gullion Forest Park

Saturday 14th October
Slieve Gullion Forest Park, 89 Drumintee Road Killeavy, Newry, Co. Armagh BT35 8SW
Free

Cregagh Wood Walk and Hide Visit

Saturday 14th October
Cregagh Wood – Meet at St Patrick’s Church
Free

Pond Improvement

Sunday 15th October
Rea’s Wood Antrim
Free

Bird Ringing Demonstration

Sunday 15th October
Forest Rd, Forkhill
Free

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Red Squirrel Talk

Tuesday 17th October
Cushendall Library
Free

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FuSIon Fest – The Social Innovation Festival

Thursday 19th October
See website for details
Free

Environment, Farming & Social Policy: Towards an integrated food strategy in Northern Ireland

Friday 20th October
Queens University Belfast, Canada Room, Lanyon Building, University Road, Belfast
Free

Ballycastle Forest Walk

Saturday 21st October
Ballycastle Forest Park
Free

Life on the Lough

Saturday 21st October
Mount Stewart
Free – Donations Welcome

Brent Watch

Saturday 21st October
Strangford Lough – Greyabbey Carpark
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Ghost and Gourds Spook–tacular

Saturday 21st October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Autumn Pumpkinfest

Saturday 21st October
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Squirrel Information

Sunday 22nd October
Laragh Lodge – Glenariff Forest Park
Free

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Half–Term Hallowe’en Fest

Thursday 26th October
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Mexican Day of the Dead

Saturday 28th October
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hallowe’en Fun

Saturday 28th October
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Poison Chocolate Apple Dunking

Saturday 28th October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Woodland Management

Sunday 29th October
Saintfield Estate, Saintfield Co Down
Free

Glenarm Forest Walk

Sunday 29th October
Glenarm Forest Park
Free

Hallowe’en Fest and Craft Fair

Sunday 29th October
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

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EU Hub Policy Hub

On 11th September 2017, NIEL hosted a seminar to discuss the latest developments on Brexit. The presentations from this event can be viewed below…

Brexit & UK Environmental Governance – Dr Viviane Gravey, Queen’s University Belfast

The NIEL Brexit Coalition – Anne–Marie McDevitt, RSPB

Implications for the Marine Environment – James Rainey, NIMTF

The Future of the Environment in NI & the Sustainable Land–Use Group – John Martin, RSPB

Nature & Environmental Protection – Emily Hunter, RSPB

Our Message to Belfast, Dublin, London & Brussels – Victoria Magreehan, National Trust

Brexit & Our Environment

The single greatest environmental challenge posed by Brexit is continued legislative protection for the natural environment. Depending on the outcome of the upcoming negotiations between the UK and the EU, it seems likely that the UK will no longer be bound by at least some key elements of the EU environmental acquis (e.g. the Birds and Habitats Directives as well as aspects of the Water Framework and Marine Strategy Framework Directives). Given the proven effectiveness of these Directives, where properly implemented, a priority for the UK/NI government should be to effectively retain these high standards of legislative protection for nature in domestic law post–Brexit.

In addition, the UK/NI will still need to retain these standards post–Brexit if we are to effectively deliver on our remaining commitments under international agreements such the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Bern and Bonn Conventions, the Ramsar Convention, the Ospar Convention, the Aarhus Convention and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Further reading…

House of Commons – Brexit: a reading list of post–EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies

Department for Exiting the European Union – The Repeal Bill Factsheet 8: Environmental Protections

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – “The Unfrozen Moment: Delivering A Green Brexit”

BBC News – Michael Gove: Farm subsidies ‘must be earned’

UKELA – Brexit and Environmental Law: Enforcement and Political Accountability Issues