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Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 2nd February
The Argory Moy
Normal Admission

Woodland Management – Saintfield Estate

Sunday 3rd February
Saintfield Estate


Public Money for Public Goods – Benefits for farmers, rural communities and the environment

Thursday 7th February
Seamus Heaney Centre, 45 Main Street, Bellaghy BT45 8HT


Tackling Food Waste: Protecting the Environment and Helping Society

Wednesday 13th February
De Vere Holborn Bars, 138–142 Holborn, London
See website for details


Nest Fest

Saturday 16th February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission

Path & Hedge Maintenance

Sunday 17th February
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast


CEDaR Recorders Days – Belfast

Wednesday 20th February
Ulster Museum, Belfast


Dry Stone Walling

Friday 22nd February
Drumnaph Nature Reserve
Free (lunch provided)

Evening Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 23rd February


Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS) Training (Therapeutic route)

Tuesday 26th February
Bradkeel Social Farm, Plumbridge, County Tyrone BT79 8BN 307
£240 inc VAT


Irish Conference 2019 Wading into Water: The Assessment and Management of our Aquatic Environment

Thursday 28th February
Radisson Blu, Athlone
CIEEM Member (Fellow, Full, Associate, Graduate) £125.00 CIEEM member (Qual or Retd) £75.00 CIEEM Student Member £30.00 Non Member Ticket £175.00 Student (not a CIEEM member) £50.00

BITC Charity Learning Network

Thursday 28th February
Arthur Cox, Victoria House, 15–17 Gloucester St, Belfast
£295 + VAT


The laws and governance that protect nature in Northern Ireland are under grave threat. While the UK Government has stated its intention to ensure the same laws governing the environment will apply after we leave the EU, some of the key principles underpinning environmental protection have been quietly left out of withdrawal plans. This leaves the environment vulnerable to future threats such as unsustainable development, pollution and biodiversity loss.

Nature Matters NI is campaigning to ensure that we achieve the best Brexit possible for the environment. We believe that the UK Government must make good on its commitments to nature and ensure that the laws and governance that protect the environment are at least as strong if not stronger when we leave the EU.

We are campaigning to:

  • Maintain all existing legislation for species, habitats, protected areas, and the wider environment – this must be consistent with international best practice and aimed at reversing the shocking loss of biodiversity in Northern Ireland.
  • Ensure we have strong and accountable environmental governance in Northern Ireland – this must replace the European Commission and European Court of Justice and guarantee that the laws we have are enforced.
  • Maintain and extend the network of protected sites – these sites are needed to reach the global target of ensuring at least 17% of our land and 10% of our seas are well managed for nature by 2020.

Northern Ireland has a unique and beautiful environment that is essential to our health, economy, and biodiversity, home to over 20,000 different species, some of which are under serious threat.

We have seen greater biodiversity loss than any other region of the UK. It is clear we aren’t doing enough to protect nature. We need a bold and ambitious plan for Northern Ireland that ensures future generations will be able to continue to enjoy our unique and special environment.

NMNI Nature & Environmental Protection Position Statement