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Nov 2017 right left


Storytelling by the Fire

Friday 3rd November
Florence Court
Adult £15

Autumn Garden Walk

Saturday 4th November
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Jo’s Walks — The building of Murlough: Part 1

Saturday 4th November
Murlough NNR, Keel Point, Dundrum entrance
No Charge, Donations Welcome


Changing Landscapes: Protecting the environment in a new Europe

Monday 6th November
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Heritage Angel Awards 2017 – Featuring ‘Heritage in Song’!

Tuesday 7th November
Grand Opera House, Belfast BT12 4GN

ESRC Festival of Social Science – SMEs meeting the climate change challenge

Tuesday 7th November
110 Victoria Street, Belfast BT1 3GN
See website for details


Key issues for energy policy in Northern Ireland: security of supply, the single energy market and the future for renewables

Thursday 9th November
TBC, Belfast
See website for details

The Future of the UK Environment: delivering health and wellbeing over the next 25 years

Thursday 9th November
Aston University, Birmingham
See website for details


BTO NI Conference

Saturday 11th November
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
see above

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 12th November
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve Belfast


How GDPR will impact your organisation

Friday 17th November
Rural Community Network, 38a Oldtown Street, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone BT80 8EF

Innovative Learning using GIS, ICT and Fieldwork

Saturday 18th November
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
£45 including lunch

Have a go: Dry Stone Walling

Saturday 18th November
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday 18th November
Mount Stewart

Family Festive Film Fun

Saturday 18th November
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


UK Farming and the Environment Post–Brexit

Tuesday 21st November
TBC, Central London
See website for details

BRICK Workshop 33, Hillsborough Castle

Tuesday 21st November
Hillsborough Castle
£19, bursaries available


ASCENT Workshop

Thursday 23rd November
Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, 32 Hilltown Road, Bryansford, Newcastle


NIEA Conference on Water Framework Directive – Future Partnerships

Saturday 25th November
College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim BT41 4PS


Saturday 25th November
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hedge Maintenance

Sunday 26th November
Gilford Castle, Gilford Co Armagh

World Forum on Natural Capital 2017

Monday 27th November
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh
See website for details


Fall for Autumn 2 October 2017

Woodland Trust appeals for volunteers to record natural seasonal signs




September 22, the autumn equinox, brings the first day of the new season.  That’s according to the astronomical calendar.  For meteorologists, each season is a three–month period, with autumn stretching over September, October and November.

Whichever calendar you follow, there’s no doubt that the days are getting shorter and cooler, and the coats a little heavier.

The Woodland Trust says that autumn is unfolding bang on time, in terms of natural events, with its vibrant visual treat still to come.

The charity wants members of the public to get outdoors and enjoy this spectacular season, and is encouraging nature lovers to share their seasonal sightings.

By recording natural seasonal signs, thousands of people have enabled the Trust’s Nature’s Calendar to become the leading UK survey into how plants and wildlife respond to weather and climate.

According to the charity, records from Northern Ireland are relatively scarce, in comparison with other parts of the UK.

Patrick Cregg is the director of the Woodland Trust and says: “We’re asking people across Northern Ireland to play a part.  Your records, no matter how few, will make a valuable contribution to research, helping to show how nature is affected by weather and a changing climate.

“Signs of autumn include fruit ripening – keep an eye on the likes of hawthorn, blackthorn and holly.  Look for ivy flowering, and first leaf tint through to full tint and leaf drop.  You really don’t have to be an expert; you can even record the date of your last lawn cut.

“It’s a great incentive to get close to nature.  Get into your garden, take a closer look at your street trees, or enjoy a breath of fresh air in your nearest park or woodland.”

The new Nature’s Calendar website is now live.  People can now add pictures with their records and log specific locations. To find out more and get your recording underway, visit 

Read the full press release here…