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Big Beach Art

Tuesday 1st August
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 4th August
White Park Bay
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Go Batty at Ardress House

Friday 4th August
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Car Bazaar

Saturday 5th August
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Music by the Lough

Saturday 5th August
Crom
Adult £10

Kite Festival at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Saturday 5th August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hen Harrier Day

Saturday 5th August
Glenariff Forest Park
Free

Lazy Sundays

Sunday 6th August
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Music Series

Sunday 6th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Capturing Our Coast: Volunteer Training Course Northern Ireland

Sunday 6th August
Coastal Zone, Portrush

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Bug Detectives

Wednesday 9th August
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 11th August
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Batty Bonanza

Friday 11th August
Springhill Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

50 Things at Kearney

Saturday 12th August
Kearney
Adult Free, Child £3

CraftFest 2017

Saturday 12th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Family Fun Day

Sunday 13th August
Springhill Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Bumblebee ID Training

Sunday 13th August
St Patrick’s Primary School, Glenariff
Free

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Wildlife Trackers – August at Mount Stewart

Wednesday 16th August
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

Batty Chat at Crom

Thursday 17th August
Crom
Adult £8, Child £4, Family £20, Member Adult £8, Child £4, Family £20

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Geo–Bot Day

Saturday 19th August
Bloody Bridge
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Downhill’s Secret Garden

Saturday 19th August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Inishowen, County Donegal – Drystone Walling

Saturday 19th August
Inishowen, Co Donegal
Free

Open Day Ards Allotments

Saturday 19th August
Ards Allotments
Free

Whale Watch

Sunday 20th August
Portmuck, Islandmagee
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Leave No Trace Awareness Course

Wednesday 23rd August
Derrygonnelly Field Studies Council
£45

Leave No Trace Trainers Course

Thursday 24th August
Derrygonnelly
Resident (Camping): £135

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Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 27th August
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Honey Show

Sunday 27th August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Sizzling Summer BBQ Day

Monday 28th August
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 28th August
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

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Fermanagh Trust wind report 12 March 2012

Research by The Fermanagh Trust has found that communities in Northern Ireland are being financially disadvantaged by wind farm developments in comparison to the rest of the UK.  Other models of community benefit, such as community ownership, have also not been made available locally.

The report has implications for government and the onshore, wind industry – with some of the same companies operating and/or owning wind farms across the UK.

The research findings – the result of a three–month study which was supported by the Building Change Trust – found that the higher levels of payments into community funds in Great Britain have generally not been achieved at approved wind farms in Northern Ireland.

In Great Britain for example, amounts reaching and exceeding £2,000/MW, per annum have increasingly been seen. However, only one of the fourteen community funds in Northern Ireland identified by The Fermanagh’s Trust’s research was found to offer £2,000/MW per annum – this was a recent development which occurred during the lifetime of the research project, offered for a wind farm which has yet to be built.

Throughout the UK average levels of payments being paid into community funds have been found to be increasing through time but in Northern Ireland there appears to be a mixed picture. Whilst some wind farms have seen higher levels of payments in recent years, substantially low levels of payments of between £500–£1000 MW per annum are still being made into community funds for recently approved wind farms.

In relation to community ownership, there are numerous examples of wind farms where developers have taken very innovative approaches towards the provision of community benefits, and have incorporated community ownership into the development. In Northern Ireland, there are no instances of community ownership in a commercial wind farm development, or similar innovative approaches.

The report launch, which was attended by approximately 100 people, heard from representatives from frost–free ltd, a Scottish company that helps communities develop their own wind energy enterprises and helps them benefit from initiatives already proposed in their area.

Bill Acton from frost–free said: “It is important to unlock the potential for local communities to benefit from renewable energy projects. Communities, as well as private developers, must be incentivised to develop their own renewable energy projects or to engage with commercial projects in their area. The significance of the income that can be generated from such ventures has the real potential to create long term, sustainable income streams that will help many communities in the current financial climate.”

Graeme Dunwoody, Researcher with The Fermanagh Trust, said: “There are important recommendations in this report for government, local communities, local councils and the industry. For example; communities need good practice guidance, including a policy on community engagement and a toolkit on community benefits and a minimum payment should be offered by developers which is in line with the rest of the UK; and they should explore, where local communities want it, a form of community ownership.

“Local Councils should formally establish guidance protocols (based on good practice) which provide a framework for engagement by developers with the Councils and local communities and government should develop a public register of community benefits from wind farm projects similar to that currently being established by the Scottish Government.

“Government could also actively support local communities and their potential, positive role in implementing wind farm projects and the contribution they make in the development of a low carbon society. The implementation of this policy should address the need for active community involvement in shaping Northern Ireland’s community energy agenda. Policies ensuring effective support mechanisms need to be in place, such as a local energy assessment fund.”

Read the full report and summary document here.