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Christmas Fair at The Argory

Saturday 2nd December
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Air Pollution in the UK Post–Brexit – Tackling air pollution and delivering a cleaner, greener and healthier future for the UK

Tuesday 5th December
TBC, Central London
See website for details

NIEL AGM 2017 & GDPR Information Session

Wednesday 6th December
Window on Wildlife (WOW), Belfast
Free

Santa’s Magical Kingdom at The Argory

Thursday 7th December
The Argory, Moy
Adult £7 Child £15

Navigating the Future – Inland Waterways Development

Thursday 7th December
Waterfront Hall, Belfast
See flyer for details

Fermanagh Choral Society Christmas Concerts

Friday 8th December
Castle Coole
Adult £15

Yuletide Market at Rowallane

Saturday 9th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Have a go: Coppicing

Saturday 9th December
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Magical Christmas

Saturday 9th December
Castle Coole
Adult £5, Child £15

Belfast’s First Repair Café

Saturday 9th December
Farset Labs, Belfast
Free

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 10th December
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor
Free

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Dec out your Gingerbread Man

Saturday 16th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free, Donations Welcome

Christmas Social Event

Sunday 17th December
Members House
N/K

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MCZ boundaries proposed… 11 December 2014

Northern Ireland coastal habitats for marine life may get vital protection

 

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Three of Northern Ireland’s hotspots for marine life have been put forward for protection as Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).

The Department of the Environment has drawn up boundaries for MCZs at Rathlin, Outer Belfast Lough and Carlingford Lough – where commercial activity could be permitted but the main focus will be conservation.

Designating these hotspots will mean added protection for black guillemots on Rathlin, fragile sea pen communities in Carlingford Lough and colonies of quahog, a long–lived clam, in Belfast Lough.

It follows on from the designation of Strangford Lough as Northern Ireland’s first MCZ last year.

The DoE is also investigating sites at Outer Ards, the Maidens, Foyle and Dundrum as potential MCZs, but has dropped Larne Lough because the black guillemots it harbours are already included in the Rathlin MCZ.

It will also look at Ardglass Gullies and Redbay seagrass beds after these were nominated by wildlife organisations, but has refused to include Islandmagee. The Co Antrim peninsula is home to important seabird colonies at the Isle of Muck and the Gobbins.

The DoE said it intends to establish an ecologically coherent network of sites by December 2016, but sites such as Lough Foyle are unlikely to be designated by then due to “jurisdictional issues”.

Wildlife organisations have warned that sufficient budgets must be provided for the MCZs to be more than “paper parks”.

Welcoming the plans, the Northern Ireland Marine Task Force (NIMTF), a coalition of environmental groups, said designating the sites will be a significant step towards the protection of important marine species and habitats for Northern Ireland.

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