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Feb 2018 right left


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


Water Northern Ireland Conference 2018

Thursday 22nd February
Crowne Plaza Belfast, 117 Milltown Road, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast BT8 7XP
Contact for details

Shifting Shores Wave 2 seminar

Thursday 22nd February
Olympic Suite, Titanic Belfast


Grassroots Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 24th February


Ancient woodland gets a makeover 28 April 2016

Precious ancient woodland gets a subtle spring makeover

(via The Woodland Trust)


Photograph: Rosanna Ballentine

A rare and precious ancient wood, not far from the city of Derry/Londonderry, is showing off a subtle new look.

Funding to the tune of £15,000 from the Loughs Agency has helped to open up the Woodland Trust’s centuries–old Killaloo Wood and its aspiring young neighbour Brackfield Wood.

The two woods line the banks of the River Faughan, in the heart of the beautiful Faughan Valley.  To the south lies Killaloo Wood, with its fragments of irreplaceable ancient woodland (that’s land wooded since at least 1600)1 and, to the north, the Brackfield gem is being created in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Both woods now benefit from enhanced entrances; improved pathways winding along the river’s edge; and new seats and benches, strategically dotted and sure to receive the approval of walkers.  Vital work to stabilise the eroding river banks is set to benefit wildlife, in particular fish and other animals such as otters2.  

According to the charity, the transformation comes just in time for visitors to discover the highlights of spring, not least the shimmering carpets of bluebells that decorate the ancient woodland floor during late April and May.

Gregor Fulton, operations manager for the Woodland Trust, said: “Thanks to grant–aid from the Loughs Agency, we’re delighted to be able to invite nature lovers to discover the two woods in their full seasonal glory. 

“Although on the doorstep of the city, this a quiet corner of nature, far removed from the hustle and bustle.  Chances are you’ll be alone with your thoughts, with the exception of the valley’s precious wildlife, and possibly a fisherman or two in search of the River Faughan’s trout and salmon.

Read the full article here…