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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


Politicians “need to do more”… 1 February 2019

75% of the Northern Ireland public feel that politicians need to do more to protect wildlife and nature (via Nature Matters NI)



Politicians in Northern Ireland need to be doing more to protect wildlife and nature according to a new YouGov poll[1].

Members of the public were asked if they thought political parties in Northern Ireland should be doing more, doing less or doing the right amount to protect the country’s wildlife and nature. 75% of total respondents said that they needed to do more.

Spokesperson for Nature Matters NI Anne–Marie McDevitt said:

“The vast majority of people that responded to our poll feel that politicians are not doing enough to protect our wildlife and nature. In the past 50 years, we have lost wildlife at an alarming rate, with one fifth of all our species[2] in NI at risk of extinction. It is clear from this poll that people in Northern Ireland want to see our leaders stand up for nature.

“The environment is either absent or low down the agenda of the main political parties, yet a healthy environment, which includes flourishing wildlife, is key to our health, wellbeing and our economy. This poll shows that the political parties are very much out of step with the public when it comes to the environment.

“People expect politicians to act in the best interests of the environment, to protect the species and habitats valued by their ancestors for generations. We must see legislation being brought forward, preferably by a restored Assembly, that halts the dangerous decline of Northern Ireland’s species.”


N.B. A copy of the 2016 State of Nature Report demonstrating the decline rate of wildlife can be found here.

1. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 502 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 2nd – 7th November 2018. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Northern Irish adults (aged 18+).

2. A copy of the 2016 State of Nature Report demonstrating the decline rate of wildlife can be found here.