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Garden Fair

Sunday 1st July
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Outdoor Adventures at Crom

Sunday 1st July
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh – Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 1st July
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh
Free

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Explore more with a Ranger

Wednesday 4th July
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Creatures of Crom

Thursday 5th July
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Music by the Lake – Midnight Graffiti

Saturday 7th July
Crom
Adult £10, Member Adult £10

Car Bazaar

Saturday 7th July
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Rock Pool Picnic

Saturday 7th July
Strangford Lough
Adult Free, Child £5, Member Adult Free, Child £3

Jo’s Walks: Duneland Flowers

Saturday 7th July
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Music in the Park

Sunday 8th July
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Explore more with a Ranger

Wednesday 11th July
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Pirates’ Picnic

Thursday 12th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Thursday 12th July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Creatures of Crom

Thursday 12th July
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Butterfly Safari 1

Saturday 14th July
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1, Member Adult £2, Child £1

Celebrating and reflecting on the Aarhus Convention on its 20th anniversary

Saturday 14th July
The Honourable Society of King’s Inns, Henrietta St, Inns Quay, Dublin 1

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Explore more with a Ranger

Wednesday 18th July
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Bug Detectives

Wednesday 18th July
Mount Stewart
£8 per participant

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A Stroll in the Summer Garden

Sunday 22nd July
Mount Stewart
Adult £20.50, Child £10.25, Member Adut £10 Child £5

Summer Music Series

Sunday 22nd July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

The Future of Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland

Monday 23rd July
Queen’s University Belfast School of Law, Moot Court Room, Main Site Tower, Belfast BT7 1NN
Free

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Wildlife Trackers

Wednesday 25th July
Mount Stewart
£8 per participant

Explore more with a Ranger

Wednesday 25th July
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Creatures of Crom

Thursday 26th July
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 27th July
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Butterfly Safari II

Saturday 28th July
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1, Member Adult £2, Child £1

Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 29th July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

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

Thursday 12 October 2017

Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London

The beauty and biodiversity of the UK countryside, along with the productivity and quality of the nation’s £100bn food industry, are significantly dependent upon the abundance and sustainability of pollinating insect numbers. Approximately 75% of the world’s food crops are at least partially reliant upon pollination, as are nearly 90% of all wild flowering plants (IBES, 2017). Whilst there are at least 1500 species of pollinating insects in the UK, a loss in flower rich habitats attributable to the intensification of agriculture, rapid industrial development and urbanisation, has led to a marked decline in the profusion of pollinators. Indeed, the UK has lost 20 species of bee since the 1900s and a further 35 are considered under threat (Friends of the Earth).

In response, the 10 year National Pollinator Strategy was launched by DEFRA in November 2014, aiming to support pollinators across farmland, towns, cities and countryside, as well as improve awareness and evidence of their status and needs. This strategy has engaged, and is being co–implemented by: voluntary organisations, community groups, local authorities and numerous public bodies. The Campaign for Farmed Environment has provided consistent guidance on pollinator management for farm businesses, whilst Helping Pollinators Locally (2016), co–published by conservation charity Buglife, offers guidance to local authorities on the formulation and delivery of a ‘local pollinator strategy’.

However, despite evidence of expanded community engagement and partnerships, it is clear that the future sustainability of pollinating insect numbers remains deeply uncertain. The British Beekeepers Association reported over winter bee loses rising from 14.7% in 2014/15 to 16.7% in 15/16. Similarly, analysis on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides, published by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology last year, demonstrates an average 7% decline in populations across all bee species since 2002. Whilst ‘neonics’ have been subjected to a two year ban from use in fields by the European Commission, ‘Brexit’ has cast doubts over the future regulatory framework governing pollinator harming pesticides in the UK.

Three years on from the publication of the National Pollinator Strategy, this symposium will provide: local authorities, community and conservation organisations, government departments, schools, businesses, and researchers with a timely and invaluable opportunity to analyse the impact of recent actions taken to support pollinators. It will also provide all attendees with a chance to share best practice and co–formulate strategies to create diverse and high quality habitats for pollinating insects nationwide.

Read more via Public Policy Exchange…

Cost   More Details See website for details
Time   More Details 10:15am — 4:30pm
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+44 (0)20 3137 8630
info@publicpolicyexchange.co.uk
www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/HJ12-PPE