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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


”Greater care for rivers needed” 28 July 2014

Rivers very sensitive to pollution, greater care needs to be exercised: Durkan


Outlining the increased hazards facing our waterways and aquatic life at this time, Mark H Durkan said: “With the recent hot dry weather, river levels are very low and the resulting higher water temperatures means there is less oxygen in the water to support aquatic life.

“This week my officials from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) have responded to four fish kills. While some of these fish kills may be the result of natural causes, others (may) have been caused by pollution entering our waterways.

“All sectors of industry and the public should be aware that rivers in Northern Ireland are currently even more vulnerable to any forms of pollution and greater care needs to be exercised.”

Like terrestrial animals, fish and other aquatic organisms need oxygen to live. As the water temperature rises less oxygen is dissolved in the water. Any form of pollution, such as farm wastes, domestic sewage (treated or untreated) or industrial effluent that uses oxygen to break it down depletes the already lower levels of oxygen in the water. It causes fish and other aquatic animals to stress, in many cases resulting in their death.

The potential for fish kills and pollution hazards is not confined to rivers. In lake situations, warmer water floats on top of colder water. Oxygen consumption is greatest near the bottom of lakes where organic matter decomposes. The water at the top is too warm for fish and the water in the lower colder layer has too little oxygen which can result in fish and other aquatic animal kills in lakes.

The Minister confirmed: “As the environmental regulator, NIEA will investigate all incidents involving pollution of a watercourse or causing a fish kill with a view to prosecution.

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