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Pond & Woodland Management

Sunday 3rd March
Rea’s Wood Antrim
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UN Sustainable Development Goals roundtable discussion: How can the SDGs support voluntary and community organisations’ work?

Thursday 7th March
NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB
Free to NICVA members

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Butterfly Conservation NI winter work party – Lagan Meadows

Saturday 9th March
Lagan Meadows, Lagan Valley Regional Park, Belfast
Free

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Unpacking the Consultations: Extended producer responsibility for packaging, deposit return and plastics non–recycled–content tax

Tuesday 12th March
Belfast Metropolitan College, Titantic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9DT
Free

Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Conference 2019

Tuesday 12th March
The Guildhall, Shipquay Place, Derry~Londonderry
See website for details

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Energy Efficiency in Action – Policy and Practice

Thursday 14th March
The Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Derry~Londonderry BT48 6DQ
Free

Participatory Budgeting Works – What PB can do for Community Planning

Thursday 14th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre Conference Centre, Craigavon BT66 6NJ
Free

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Climate Change and the Historic Environment: A view from Scotland

Wednesday 20th March
Old Museum Building, 7 College Square North, Belfast BT1 6AR
£10.00 – £15.00

CEDaR Recorders Days – Limavady

Wednesday 20th March
Magilligan Field Centre, Limavady
Free

Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, RSPB Portmore Lough)

Thursday 21st March
RSPB Portmore Lough Nature Reserve, George’s Island Rd, Gawley’s Gate, Aghalee, Co. Antrim BT67 0DW
See website for details

BITC Charity Learning Network

Thursday 21st March
Arthur Cox, Victoria House, 15–17 Gloucester St, Belfast
£295 + VAT

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Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group (NIRSG) Field Skills Training Workshop

Saturday 23rd March
Tollymore Outdoor Centre, Newcastle, Co. Down
£20

Knockbracken Allotments, South Belfast – Fencing

Sunday 24th March
Knockbracken Alltoments
Free

Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, WWT Castle Espie)

Sunday 24th March
WWT Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Road, Co. Down BT23 6EA
See website for details

Nature Friendly Farmers’ Market

Monday 25th March
The Long Gallery, Stormont
Free

Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, Marble Arch Caves, Enniskillen)

Tuesday 26th March
Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre, 43 Marlbank Road Legnabrocky, Florencecourt, Enniskillen , Co. Fermanagh BT92 1EW
See website for details

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Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, Oxford Island, Lough Neagh)

Saturday 30th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island Nature Reserve, Annaloiste Road, Lurgan, Craigavon, Co. Armagh BT66 6NJ
See website for details

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A warning for wildlife? 26 July 2018

The Woodland Trust’s Nature’s Calendar project is already receiving records of ripe berries, hastened by the recent heatwave. But the dry weather could spell danger for this year’s wild fruit crops, and the animals that feed on them (via Woodland Trust)


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Photo by Ben Lee

So far the Trust has received 59 records of blackberries ripening, and six records of rowan berries ripening.  The baseline average for these events is 27 August and 1 September respectively, meaning the earliest sightings this year have come in around two months earlier than usual.

While the official berry records added to Nature’s Calendar are mainly from England and Wales, a glance would suggest that the Northern Ireland countryside isn’t far behind.  The charity, however, needs local people to add their observations to this online project, in order to get a clearer picture of seasonal changes right across the UK.

These early changes in summer scenery could have consequences. If the dry, warm weather continues, the lack of water could mean that berries may be smaller or drop from trees and shrubs.  Migratory birds like fieldfare and redwing (arriving around October) could be left with less food if the resident wildlife has taken their share first. Furthermore, trees may tint earlier as they try to preserve water and can also be more susceptible to threats such as tree pests and diseases. 

Dr Kate Lewthwaite, citizen science manager for the Woodland Trust, said: “It may be the height of summer, but because of the recent weather, we’re already anticipating signs of autumn. Although we’ve only had a small number of berry records so far, the heat will only encourage more fruit to ripen, and leaves on trees may also start to change colour.

“Given the implications this may have for the berry crop and other species in general, we would urge the public to report the first seasonal events they see to Nature’s Calendar.

“Citizen science is vital in informing our view of changing seasons. This year spring suddenly burst forth in April after being subdued by snow in March.  Now, it will be interesting to see how other seasonal timings and species are affected for the rest of 2018.