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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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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…

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Time   More Details 10:15am — 4:30pm
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