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Planning for a Resilient Future

Friday 6th March
Ulster University, York Street, Belfast BT15 1ED
£5 – £7

World Book Weekend

Saturday 7th March
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission Members Free

Woodland Management

Sunday 8th March
Saintfield Estate, Saintfield


Lough Neagh Conference

Tuesday 10th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, Craigavon BT66 6NJ


Climate Change – Our Challenge

Thursday 12th March
Killeavy Castle Hotel and Spa

Be A Saint Day

Friday 13th March
Business in the Community, Paulett Avenue, Belfast BT5 4HD

Evening Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 14th March

WOW Family Wildlife Day

Saturday 14th March
RSPB Belfast’s Window on Wildlife, 100 Airport Road West, Belfast BT3 9ED
£0 – £6.42


St Patrick’s Day at the Giant’s Causewsy

Tuesday 17th March
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Mussenden Lights

Tuesday 17th March
Mussenden Temple
No Charge, donations welcome.

How Technology is Impacting Agriculture

Wednesday 18th March
Ormeau Baths, 18 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8HS

Northern Ireland Seabird Report Launch

Wednesday 18th March
Bangor Castle, Castle Park Road, Bangor BT20 4BT

Climate Change Conference

Thursday 19th March
QUB School of Biological Sciences, 1–33 Chlorine Gardens, Belfast BT9 5AJ


Spring Book Fair

Saturday 21st March
The Argory
Normal Admission, Members Free

Tree planting party at Balloo

Saturday 21st March
Balloo Woodland, Balloo Avenue, Bangor BT19 7QZ

Habitat Management

Sunday 22nd March
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor

Sustainability in Hospitality: A Performance Metrics Perspective

Monday 23rd March
Ulster University, York Street, Belfast BT15 1ED

Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics 2020

Monday 23rd March

Responding to Our Planetary Emergency: The Crucial Decade Ahead

Tuesday 24th March
Peter Froggatt Lecture Theatre 02/025, Queen’s University Belfast, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN

The Smart & Green Building Expo

Tuesday 24th March
Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown

The Climate Strikes and Public Activism: where do we go from here?

Wednesday 25th March
St Mary’s University College Belfast, 191 Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6FE

Empowering Change Makers: Plastic Unwrapped

Wednesday 25th March
W5 Belfast

Outdoor Recreation NI Conference 2020

Thursday 26th March
CAFRE Greenmount Campus, Co. Antrim

From Passion to Policy

Thursday 26th March
Crescent Arts Centre Cube Theatre, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NH

Good Practice Approaches for a New Decade

Thursday 26th March
CAFRE Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim BT41 4PS


Northern Ireland Allotment Social Farm and Community Garden Forum

Saturday 28th March
The Playtrail, Derry / Londonderry

What did you do about it? A family event to discuss the climate crisis

Saturday 28th March
Crescent Arts Centre, 2–4 University Road, Belfast BT7 1NH


Energy Efficiency in Business

Tuesday 31st March
Isdell Courtyard, Riddel Hall, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5EE

SMARTrenew Seminar

Tuesday 31st March
Guildhall, Shipquay Place, Londonderry BT48 6DJ


New survey seeks farmers’ views 11 March 2020

Farmers invited to contribute their views on future agricultural policy




Farmers across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to participate in an important survey to seek their opinions on current and future agriculture policy.

Much has been suggested about what the local farming industry could look like in future years as the UK prepares to exit the European Union and devolved administrations having a greater influence in shaping future agricultural and environmental policies.

Northern Ireland Environment Link (NIEL), the networking and forum body for organisations interested in the natural and built environment of Northern Ireland, have secured funding to run a survey to explore farmers’ opinions and want to hear from a wide range of farmers in order to assess views on the current state of farming, problems they are facing, and their opinion on possible future changes to agricultural policy in Northern Ireland. This research will inform NIEL and other stakeholders of what is important to local farmers, allowing them to tailor policy advice to DAERA on the needs of the farming community.  NIEL sought input from a range of bodies and organisations including the Northern Ireland Nature Friendly Farming Network in the design of the survey.

All answers will be anonymous and farmers can be assured that neither they nor their farm will be associated with the findings in any way. The information collected will be analysed by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) and the statistics may be used in academic publications, conferences and seminars. Anonymised results may be shared with relevant stakeholders and researchers for further detailed analysis.

The interview mainly consists of multiple–choice questions and should take less than 15 minutes to complete. If farmers would like to complete the survey please visit: and follow the simple instructions. The survey will run to 23rd March 2020.

Notes to Editors

  • Northern Ireland Environment Link (NIEL) is the networking and forum body for organisations interested in the natural and built environment of Northern Ireland.
  • NIEL secured funding through the DAERA’s Environment Fund to run a survey to explore farmers’ opinions on current and future agriculture policy.
  • NISRA Hub will assist with the analysis of survey responses and development of a report on the findings.  

Media Contact:

Sean Kelly, Northern Ireland Environment Link. Telephone: 028 9045 5770