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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


Shifting Shores Wave 2 seminar

Thursday 22nd February
Olympic Suite, Titanic Belfast


Grassroots Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 24th February


Durkan hosts Freshwater summit 10 January 2014

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has hosted the first Freshwater Summit to help improve rivers and lakes in Northern Ireland


Twenty–five per cent of Northern Ireland’s rivers and six of our lakes are currently not on track to meet the water quality targets set for them. This is mainly due to pollution from a range of sources and changes to the physical condition of the water environment.

The Summit discussed the significant water management issues across Northern Ireland’s freshwater areas including lakes and rivers. The latest assessment of the pressures on the water environment, the progress made towards achieving targets to improve water quality and the challenges that still need to be addressed were also discussed.

Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan said: “I called this Summit so an important stock–take on the present state of the water environment in Northern Ireland could be taken and so that we can all agree on the challenges we face to address the pressures on it.

“We have some beautiful and unique lakes and rivers in the North which not only add to our tourism draw but also make for stunning places for people to live around and use for sport and recreation. The Summit highlights how important it is for us to ensure these areas are conserved and protected.”

“There is already great work happening on the ground and I applaud the local community groups and partnerships for working to help their local water environment. With the guidance of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, I am confident we are moving in the right direction but it is still clear to me that we need to do more. Cleaner rivers and lakes will boost recreation and tourism, helping to create a better environment and a stronger economy.”

Recent work to improve freshwater areas includes the cleaning up of St Columb’s Park in Derry, protection against flooding in the Moyola River, the improvement of the blanket bog in the Garron plateau and work in the catchment around Lough Corbet.

The Freshwater Summit included representatives from The Freshwater Task Force, Ulster Farmers Union and Northern Ireland Water.

Mark Horton, Northern Ireland Freshwater Taskforce, an alliance of environmental non–Government Organisations said: “We welcome this summit which has brought together representatives from across Government and the environmental sector to focus on improving and protecting a precious freshwater environment. We believe that this, and future freshwater summits, have the potential to result in meaningful positive action from everyone involved, allowing the challenges still facing the freshwater environment of Northern Ireland to be tackled in a coordinated and effective manner.”

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