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Lough Erne Heritage Regatta

Wednesday 1st August
Crom
Regetta race entry £5 per team. Normal Admission, Members Free

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Woodland Craft Skills Day

Friday 3rd August
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Go Batty

Friday 3rd August
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Kite Festival at Downhill Demesne

Saturday 4th August
Downhill Demesne
Normal Admission, Members Free

Jo’s Walks: Heathland Flowers

Saturday 4th August
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Car Bazaar

Saturday 4th August
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Lazy Sundays at The Argory

Sunday 5th August
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Music Series at Castle Ward

Sunday 5th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Bug Detectives

Wednesday 8th August
Mount Stewart
£8 per participant

Explore more with a Ranger

Wednesday 8th August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Creatures of Crom

Thursday 9th August
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Saturday 11th August
White Park Bay
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Music by The Lake – Hand Me Downs

Saturday 11th August
Crom
Adult £10, Member Adult £10

Craft Fest 2018

Saturday 11th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Butterfly Safari III

Saturday 11th August
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1, Member Adult £2, Child £1

Family Fun Day

Sunday 12th August
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Music Sundays

Sunday 12th August
Downhill Demesne
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Explore more with a Ranger

Wednesday 15th August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Wildlife Trackers

Wednesday 15th August
Mount Stewart
£8 per participant

Batty Chat at Crom

Thursday 16th August
Crom
Adult £8, Child £4, Family £20

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Whale Watch

Saturday 18th August
Portmuck, Co Antrim
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Downhill Secret Garden

Saturday 18th August
Downhill Demesne
Normal Admission, Members Free

Lough Erne Heritage Regatta

Saturday 18th August
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Inishowen, County Donegal – Drystone Walling

Saturday 18th August
Inishowen, County Donegal
TBC

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Batty Bonanza

Friday 24th August
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Mount Stewart Conservations Festival

Saturday 25th August
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Honey Show

Sunday 26th August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 27th August
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

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Marine Litter Report published 7 March 2018

New Marine Litter Report Reveals Extent of Plastic Pollution on Northern Ireland’s Beaches (via Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful)


KNIB

The 2017 Marine Litter Report, published by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, has laid bare the state of our beaches in Northern Ireland when it comes to the litter landing on our shores. The organisation began these surveys in 2012, with an average of 510 items of litter being found per 100m of beach between then and now. An astonishing 79% of this litter was made of plastic, a figure that rises to 82% when you look at the 2017 data in isolation. Incredibly, 30% of the litter was a ‘single use plastic’, so called because the item is used once and then thrown away.

Much has been made of the plastic problem in the media recently, with shows like ‘Blue Planet II’ and the ‘Sky Ocean Rescue’ campaign shining the spotlight on what is a global issue and requires a global response. The Marine Litter Report also lends some insight into the matter, looking at the specific harm that plastic poses to some of our most beloved and protected marine animals. From leatherback turtles to the iconic Atlantic puffin, it seems that no creature is immune from the ubiquitous material and it is estimated that up to 99% of all seabirds will have ingested plastic by 2050 if no fundamental changes to plastic and waste consumption occurs. Furthermore, tiny fragments of plastic known as ‘microplastics’ have been found in 83% of tap water samples taken all around the world. This, combined with the plastics being found in our seafood, is a clear pathway for entry into the human body.

Dr Ian Humphries from Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful thinks the tide is starting to turn on marine litter, saying, “The damaging effects of littering, particularly of single use plastics that end up polluting our oceans, is clearly highlighted in this year’s report, which shows four items of litter for every step that we take along our coast. Thankfully, most people don’t litter, and growing awareness and calls for action spell the beginning of the end for this highly anti–social behaviour.”

The report also highlights the fantastic work being done by groups of volunteers from a range of different organisations. Over the course of 1,345 hours, 461 volunteers lifted 850 bags of rubbish across the ten beaches surveyed. This is just one form of environmental leadership outlined in the publication, which also draws attention to Ards and North Down Borough Council, who recently passed a motion to promote eco–friendly alternatives to single use plastics such as coffee cups and plastic straws. Schools have also been getting involved, with Mill Strand Integrated Primary School banning all plastic straws after one of their pupils saw a disturbing image of a turtle with a straw up its nose on social media.

The full report can now be downloaded from the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful website.

The marine litter surveys are carried out four times a year by trained members of staff and dedicated volunteers. The data collected is also used by DAERA and the OSPAR Commission.