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Jan 2018 right left

New Year’s Day Winter Walk

Monday 1st January
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

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Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 7th January
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh
Free

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Have a go: Hedge laying

Saturday 20th January
Mount Stewart
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Meadow Management

Sunday 21st January
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor
Free

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Action Renewables Energy Association (AREA) – The Opportunities in Energy Storage

Tuesday 23rd January
The Doyen, 829 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7GY
£66

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Griddle Baking

Saturday 27th January
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Get Stuck In at Murlough

Sunday 28th January
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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11 marine species at risk… 3 February 2017

Basking shark among eleven species under extinction threat in Irish waters (via Belfast Telegraph)

 

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The daunting but harmless basking shark is one of 11 species on a new list of fish at risk of extinction in Irish waters.

The Red List of marine life classed as critically endangered or endangered also included another 25 types found off our coasts which are said to be vulnerable or near threatened.

The report warned that while none of the species are fished for commercially, some are still taken as by–catch in fisheries.

Fifty–eight species were analysed by scientists with the future of Portuguese dogfish, the common, flapper and white skates and the porbeagle and angel sharks ranked as critical.

Basking sharks are the second biggest fish in the world and were once hunted by coastal communities along the west coast for the oil in their livers.

They are now widespread and increasingly common visitors to plankton–rich shorelines from the spring through the summer but their future is uncertain.


Read more via Belfast Telegraph…