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Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 2nd February
The Argory Moy
Normal Admission

Woodland Management – Saintfield Estate

Sunday 3rd February
Saintfield Estate
N/A

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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
Free

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Tackling Food Waste: Protecting the Environment and Helping Society

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

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15

Nest Fest

Saturday 16th February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission

Path & Hedge Maintenance

Sunday 17th February
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast
N/A

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CEDaR Recorders Days – Belfast

Wednesday 20th February
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Free

21

Dry Stone Walling

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

Evening Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 23rd February
Belfast
N/A

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25

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

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

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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

  
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75% of the Northern Ireland public feel that politicians need to do more to protect wildlife and nature


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1st February 2019

Politicians in Northern Ireland need to be doing more to protect wildlife and nature according to a new YouGov poll[1].

Members of the public were asked if they thought political parties in Northern Ireland should be doing more, doing less or doing the right amount to protect the country’s wildlife and nature. 75% of total respondents said that they needed to do more.

Spokesperson for Nature Matters NI Anne–Marie McDevitt said:

“The vast majority of people that responded to our poll feel that politicians are not doing enough to protect our wildlife and nature. In the past 50 years, we have lost wildlife at an alarming rate, with one fifth of all our species[2] in NI at risk of extinction. It is clear from this poll that people in Northern Ireland want to see our leaders stand up for nature.

“The environment is either absent or low down the agenda of the main political parties, yet a healthy environment, which includes flourishing wildlife, is key to our health, wellbeing and our economy. This poll shows that the political parties are very much out of step with the public when it comes to the environment.

“People expect politicians to act in the best interests of the environment, to protect the species and habitats valued by their ancestors for generations. We must see legislation being brought forward, preferably by a restored Assembly, that halts the dangerous decline of Northern Ireland’s species.”

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N.B. A copy of the 2016 State of Nature Report demonstrating the decline rate of wildlife can be found here.

1. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 502 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 2nd – 7th November 2018. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Northern Irish adults (aged 18+).

2. A copy of the 2016 State of Nature Report demonstrating the decline rate of wildlife can be found here.

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Policy Briefing: The Future of Agricultural Support in Northern Ireland

“25 Year Plan needed for Northern Ireland’s environment”

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Environmental co–operation on the Brexit agenda