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Mar 2017 right left


Greyabbey Bay Ramble

Saturday 4th March
Strangford Lough
Adult £4, Child £1

Daffodil Danders at Springhill

Saturday 4th March
Springhill Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Daffodil Danders at The Argory

Saturday 4th March
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Free Open Weekend

Saturday 4th March
Florence Court, Castle Coole, Crom

Dyan Mill, Caledon – Pond Management

Sunday 5th March
Dyan Mill, Caledon


First Opportunity To Complete CEVAS Training in Northern Ireland!

Tuesday 7th March
Greenmount Campus, CAFRE, 45 Tirgracy Road, Co.Antrim BT41 4PS

Red Squirrels United Knowledge Fair 2017

Tuesday 7th March
Various, see programme for details
See website for details


Free National Trust Open Day

Saturday 11th March
Normal Opening Hours

Volunteer Open Day

Saturday 11th March
Castle Ward
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Fishery Open Weekend

Saturday 11th March
Normal Admission, Members Free

Grow Wild and City of Wildflowers – Training and networking event

Saturday 11th March
Malone House, Belfast


Leprechaun Hunt

Friday 17th March
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

St Patrick’s Day Walk

Friday 17th March
Castle Ward

Saint Patrick’s Weekend

Friday 17th March
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Saint Patrick’s Day Festival

Friday 17th March
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Spring Book Fair

Saturday 18th March
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Rhododendron Ramble and Roast

Sunday 19th March
Mount Stewart
Adult £24 Child £20 (up to 12 years) Member Adult £24 Child £20 (up to 12 years)


Democracy Day – “Democracy on Trial”

Friday 24th March
The MAC, 10 Exchange Street, Belfast BT1 2LS

Discover Spring on the Demesne

Saturday 25th March
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Mums at Mount Stewart

Sunday 26th March
Mount Stewart
Adult £25 Child £12.50 (up to 12 years) Member Adult £25 Child £12.50 (up to 12 years)

Get Crafty with Mum

Sunday 26th March
Castle Ward
Normal Admission

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

Sunday 26th March
The Argory, Moy
Adult £20 (includes estate admission) Child £10 (includes estate admission) Member Adult £15 Child £7.50

Tree Pruning at Gilford Castle

Sunday 26th March
Gilford Castle

EU Hub Policy Hub

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.

The Future of Environmental Governance

Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland – Context Setting

Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland – Full Report

Nature Matters NI: Response to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

Joint Greener UK & Environment Links UK: Briefing on Brexit & devolution

Greener UK: Briefing on the committee stage of the EU Withdrawal Bill

BBC: Northern Ireland to be consulted on Brexit environment body plan

WCL: Government creating gaping Brexit environmental legal loopholes…

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

The NIEL Brexit Coalition – Anne–Marie McDevitt

Implications for the Marine Environment – James Rainey

Future of NI Environment & Sustainable Agriculture… – John Martin

Nature & Environmental Protection – Emily Hunter

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

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