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Mar 2019 right left


Pond & Woodland Management

Sunday 3rd March
Rea’s Wood Antrim


UN Sustainable Development Goals roundtable discussion: How can the SDGs support voluntary and community organisations’ work?

Thursday 7th March
NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB
Free to NICVA members


Butterfly Conservation NI winter work party – Lagan Meadows

Saturday 9th March
Lagan Meadows, Lagan Valley Regional Park, Belfast


Unpacking the Consultations: Extended producer responsibility for packaging, deposit return and plastics non–recycled–content tax

Tuesday 12th March
Belfast Metropolitan College, Titantic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9DT

Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Conference 2019

Tuesday 12th March
The Guildhall, Shipquay Place, Derry~Londonderry
See website for details


Energy Efficiency in Action – Policy and Practice

Thursday 14th March
The Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Derry~Londonderry BT48 6DQ

Participatory Budgeting Works – What PB can do for Community Planning

Thursday 14th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre Conference Centre, Craigavon BT66 6NJ


Climate Change and the Historic Environment: A view from Scotland

Wednesday 20th March
Old Museum Building, 7 College Square North, Belfast BT1 6AR
£10.00 – £15.00

CEDaR Recorders Days – Limavady

Wednesday 20th March
Magilligan Field Centre, Limavady

Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, RSPB Portmore Lough)

Thursday 21st March
RSPB Portmore Lough Nature Reserve, George’s Island Rd, Gawley’s Gate, Aghalee, Co. Antrim BT67 0DW
See website for details

BITC Charity Learning Network

Thursday 21st March
Arthur Cox, Victoria House, 15–17 Gloucester St, Belfast
£295 + VAT


Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group (NIRSG) Field Skills Training Workshop

Saturday 23rd March
Tollymore Outdoor Centre, Newcastle, Co. Down

Knockbracken Allotments, South Belfast – Fencing

Sunday 24th March
Knockbracken Alltoments

Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, WWT Castle Espie)

Sunday 24th March
WWT Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Road, Co. Down BT23 6EA
See website for details

Nature Friendly Farmers’ Market

Monday 25th March
The Long Gallery, Stormont

Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, Marble Arch Caves, Enniskillen)

Tuesday 26th March
Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre, 43 Marlbank Road Legnabrocky, Florencecourt, Enniskillen , Co. Fermanagh BT92 1EW
See website for details


Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, Oxford Island, Lough Neagh)

Saturday 30th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island Nature Reserve, Annaloiste Road, Lurgan, Craigavon, Co. Armagh BT66 6NJ
See website for details


NI Environment & No Deal Brexit 15 April 2019

Northern Ireland’s Environment in No Deal Brexit Scenario




Since the EU Referendum result, NIEL has been liaising with DAERA officials in relation to the potential impacts of Brexit on our local environment. The primary form of this interaction has been through our ongoing participation in the various DAERA Brexit Stakeholder forums including those set up to consider: Fisheries & Marine, Rural Society; Environmental; and Trade & Agricultural issues.

Should the UK depart the EU in a No Deal scenario, we have raised a number of issues that need to be considered by DAERA in its No Deal Contingency planning work. These include: the potential widening of the environmental governance gap between NI and GB; the loss of access to the European Commission & the European Court of Justice who have underpinned environmental protection in the UK as they will no longer have jurisdiction in NI; possible delays in the passing of goods across Borders creating a ‘pile up’ of agricultural produce leading to serious environmental challenges in terms of disposing of surplus milk, offal and other produce; differences in cross–border regulatory regimes creating opportunities for criminal activity, including the movement and dumping of waste, with inevitable environmental consequences.

We are also concerned that problems in the agricultural supply chain could lead to the non–movement of animals and agricultural produce from farms, which in turn could result in the illegal environmental dumping of farm produce and animal waste as well as increased stocking densities, causing environmental damage to both designated and non–designated sites in terms of overgrazing or poaching of land etc.

Finally, we are calling for clear prioritisation of the environmental risks and how they will be dealt with, including those that will arise in the days and weeks after Day One. Not least should we leave the EU with ‘no deal’, we would be without a framework for environmental co–operation with our near neighbours thereby reducing our ability to work together on transboundary environmental issues which would be particularly problematic on the island of Ireland.

Meanwhile our Brexit work continues through our Sustainable Land Use, Marine & Fisheries, Nature & Environmental Protection and Cross–border Working groups.

If you would like to participate in any of these groups contact:

Visit our Nature Matters NI page for more information.