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Snowdrop Strolls

Thursday 1st February
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

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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
Free

Pond Improvement

Sunday 4th February
Rea’s Wood Antrim
Free

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Rethinking Engagement – A Dialogue Approach

Wednesday 7th February
Holywell Diversecity Community Partnership Building, 10–12 Bishop St, Derry

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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
Free

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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
Free

Scrub Clearance

Sunday 18th February
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills
Free

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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

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Shifting Shores Wave 2 seminar

Thursday 22nd February
Olympic Suite, Titanic Belfast

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Grassroots Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 24th February
TBC
Free

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Call for freshwater protection 29 October 2013

A new integrated approach to water management is “urgently needed” if Ireland’s rivers, lakes, groundwaters and coasts are to be protected from decline, a coalition of environmental groups has claimed


The Sustainable Water Network (Swan), which involves 25 environmental organisations, has just published a pack highlighting the “dramatic loss” of pristine river stretches – halved since 1987 – as well as intensification of agriculture, climate change, poorly integrated planning and low levels of public awareness.

“In the drive to establish Irish Water and improve water infrastructure, river basin management plans drawn up in 2010 have been shelved because of the current disjointed structures – involving more than 50 State agencies,” Swan said.

It also highlighted the closure of beaches in 2012 and 2013 due to the health risk of elevated E.coli levels, continued incidences of “boil water notices” due to Cryptosporidium outbreaks in water supplies and the ongoing human distress caused by flooding.

Sinéad O’Brien, co–ordinator of Swan, said Ireland’s natural resources provided drinking water for all citizens, but our rivers, lakes, coastal waters and groundwater were also “essential for healthy communities, healthy ecosystems and thriving businesses”.

She said protection of water sources and integrated water management “should be at the forefront of public policy and forward planning if we are to avoid huge costs to the State in the future” for not complying with the EU water framework directive.

Swan, whose website is swanireland.ie, is calling for a “joined–up system” for water management; integration of water protection into agriculture, development and other policy areas; special protection for unspoiled rivers and lakes; and a national public awareness campaign.

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