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Storytelling by the Fire

Friday 3rd November
Florence Court
Adult £15

Autumn Garden Walk

Saturday 4th November
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Jo’s Walks — The building of Murlough: Part 1

Saturday 4th November
Murlough NNR, Keel Point, Dundrum entrance
No Charge, Donations Welcome


Changing Landscapes: Protecting the environment in a new Europe

Monday 6th November
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Heritage Angel Awards 2017 – Featuring ‘Heritage in Song’!

Tuesday 7th November
Grand Opera House, Belfast BT12 4GN

ESRC Festival of Social Science – SMEs meeting the climate change challenge

Tuesday 7th November
110 Victoria Street, Belfast BT1 3GN
See website for details


Key issues for energy policy in Northern Ireland: security of supply, the single energy market and the future for renewables

Thursday 9th November
TBC, Belfast
See website for details

The Future of the UK Environment: delivering health and wellbeing over the next 25 years

Thursday 9th November
Aston University, Birmingham
See website for details


BTO NI Conference

Saturday 11th November
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
see above

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 12th November
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve Belfast


How GDPR will impact your organisation

Friday 17th November
Rural Community Network, 38a Oldtown Street, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone BT80 8EF

Innovative Learning using GIS, ICT and Fieldwork

Saturday 18th November
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
£45 including lunch

Have a go: Dry Stone Walling

Saturday 18th November
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday 18th November
Mount Stewart

Family Festive Film Fun

Saturday 18th November
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


UK Farming and the Environment Post–Brexit

Tuesday 21st November
TBC, Central London
See website for details

BRICK Workshop 33, Hillsborough Castle

Tuesday 21st November
Hillsborough Castle
£19, bursaries available


ASCENT Workshop

Thursday 23rd November
Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, 32 Hilltown Road, Bryansford, Newcastle


NIEA Conference on Water Framework Directive – Future Partnerships

Saturday 25th November
College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim BT41 4PS


Saturday 25th November
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hedge Maintenance

Sunday 26th November
Gilford Castle, Gilford Co Armagh

World Forum on Natural Capital 2017

Monday 27th November
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh
See website for details


NIEL Manifesto 2016–21 14 March 2016

NIEL has published its Priorities for the Environment 2016–21: “What’s important to you?”


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To view the full manifesto, please click the thumbnail on the left. To view the summary document, click the thumbnail on the right.

This document is calling for creativity and energy to realise the potential that exists in Northern Ireland’s environment to enrich our society.

The environment can deliver for health, through spaces and places that people want to be active in. It can deliver for the economy through tourism, cultural heritage, and a clean green image that attracts inward investment. It can deliver for education through encouraging engagement with the natural world and applied sciences. It can deliver for our future wellbeing and security.

Most of all, our environment is something for people to enjoy – our land and landscape, our unique historic environment, rich freshwater network and our enviable coastline and marine habitat – and we believe that this is the best way to ensure its preservation.

Partnership (between government, businesses, communities, NGOs, universities) is crucial to delivering these benefits. The issues cut across different sectors and areas of life and we can only make progress if we work smartly and efficiently together.



Key asks are:

  • Promote access to our natural and historic environment as part of the reform of healthcare, including the use of ‘Green Prescriptions’
  • A Land Strategy for Northern Ireland which enables landowners, individuals and communities to make the best use of our land and landscapes
  • Develop a more holistic approach to economic prosperity through promotion of heritage as a mainstream economic driver, adoption of circular economy principles, and the establishment of a Natural Capital Index for Northern Ireland
  • A Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill for Northern Ireland, ensuring that planning for the future, including climate change and environmental governance, is given legislative footing
  • Implementation of the Northern Ireland Long Term Water Strategy
  • Government commitment to delivering the Environment Sector’s ‘Response for Nature’ including greater focus on improving children’s connection to the environment