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Snowdrop Strolls

Thursday 1st February
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission Members Free

Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission Members Free

Path Edging and Bird Count

Saturday 3rd February
Comber Greenway

Pond Improvement

Sunday 4th February
Rea’s Wood Antrim


Rethinking Engagement – A Dialogue Approach

Wednesday 7th February
Holywell Diversecity Community Partnership Building, 10–12 Bishop St, Derry


NI Science Festival 2018

Thursday 15th February
Various, see website for details
See website for details

Brexit, Climate and Energy Policy

Thursday 15th February
Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2


Nest Fest

Saturday 17th February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Woodland walk at Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Saturday 17th February
Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Scrub Clearance

Sunday 18th February
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills


Priorities for Transport Infrastructure in Northern Ireland

Tuesday 20th February
Radisson Blu Hotel, The Gasworks, 3 Cromac P lace, Ormeau Road, Belfast
See website for details


Shifting Shores Wave 2 seminar

Thursday 22nd February
Olympic Suite, Titanic Belfast


Grassroots Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 24th February


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.

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Cost   More Details See website for details
Time   More Details 10:15am — 4:30pm
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+44 (0)20 3137 8630