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9th IUCN UK Peatland Programme Conference – Peatlands: Investing in the Future

Tuesday 1st October
The Europa Hotel, Belfast
See website for details


Comber Greenway Task Day

Saturday 5th October
Billy Neill crossing at 9am, Dundonald or on the greenway under North Road bridge at 9.30am, East Belfast


NILGA Changing Places: Planning, Place–shaping and Place–making in NI

Tuesday 8th October
Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen

Northern Ireland Energy Forum 2019

Tuesday 8th October
La Mon, Belfast
See website for details


Citigroup Environmental Expo

Thursday 10th October
Citigroup, Titanic Quarter, Belfast


Grass Roots AGM

Saturday 12th October
Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church Hall, Ormeau Road, Belfast


CEDaR Training Course – Woodlice

Saturday 19th October
Crawfordsburn Country Park

Maintaining a Young Hedge

Sunday 20th October
Kilmacrew House near Banbridge

The Future of Food Packaging

Monday 21st October
CAFRE Loughry Campus, Cookstown BT80 9AA


Inaugural QUB Sustainability Lecture

Wednesday 23rd October
Peter Froggatt Centre/0G/007, Queen’s University Belfast

Water Framework Directive Stakeholder Conference 2019

Wednesday 23rd October
College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim BT41 4PS

CEDaR Training Course – Grassland Fungi

Thursday 24th October
Magilligan Field Centre

Enough is Enough – The Rise and Rise of Food Poverty

Friday 25th October
TBC, Belfast


Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2019

Monday 28th October
Royal Society, London


Guided bluebell walk at Prehen Wood

Sunday 13 May 2018

Prehen Wood, Derry~Londonderry

Native bluebells are bouncing back – a quintessential sign of spring and a natural remedy to shake off the winter blues. They’ve been delayed by the cold weather but, according to the Woodland Trust, reports are now suggesting a glimmer of blue.

The Trust wants members of the public to enjoy some flower power this month and recommends a visit to one of its precious urban woods. From Throne Wood in Belfast to Prehen Wood in Derry–Londonderry, our urban gems are brightening landscapes and improving wellbeing.

Prehen Wood, a Woodland Trust–owned bluebell wood right on the doorstep of the city, ticks all the boxes. 

This is one of Northern Ireland’s rare and irreplaceable ancient woods, dating back as far as 1600. It rustles with history and wildlife, with birds including the sparrowhawk and long–eared owl. And the visiting chiffchaffs and willow warblers are currently singing their little hearts out.

Spring brings a vibrant array of woodland flowers, including lesser celandines and wood anemones. But the most spectacular treat is the sea of shimmering bluebells decorating the woodland floor each May.

Walkers are invited to see the show for themselves thanks to a guided walk on Sunday 13 May at 2:30pm. This popular annual outing is led by members of Prehen Historical & Environmental Society and local wildlife expert Christine Cassidy. To find out more call 0330 333 5302 or visit

Emma Briggs leads the Woodland Trust’s campaign to inspire people to visit the woods close to them. 

 “People often think they have to get in their cars and travel to find nature but in fact we have so many woods that are easily accessible for people living in towns and cities, and in many cases surrounded by housing. Our woods are always open and free to visit, but bluebell season is truly magical,” said Emma.  

The UK is home to half the world’s population of bluebells. The Woodland Trust wants people across the country to take part in its Big Bluebell Watch – a nationwide survey to monitor the status of native bluebells. Find out more and add your sightings (up until the end of May) at

Cost   More Details Free
Time   More Details 2:30pm
Contact   More Details
0330 333 5302