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Christmas Fair at The Argory

Saturday 2nd December
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Air Pollution in the UK Post–Brexit – Tackling air pollution and delivering a cleaner, greener and healthier future for the UK

Tuesday 5th December
TBC, Central London
See website for details

NIEL AGM 2017 & GDPR Information Session

Wednesday 6th December
Window on Wildlife (WOW), Belfast
Free

Santa’s Magical Kingdom at The Argory

Thursday 7th December
The Argory, Moy
Adult £7 Child £15

Navigating the Future – Inland Waterways Development

Thursday 7th December
Waterfront Hall, Belfast
See flyer for details

Fermanagh Choral Society Christmas Concerts

Friday 8th December
Castle Coole
Adult £15

Yuletide Market at Rowallane

Saturday 9th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Have a go: Coppicing

Saturday 9th December
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Magical Christmas

Saturday 9th December
Castle Coole
Adult £5, Child £15

Belfast’s First Repair Café

Saturday 9th December
Farset Labs, Belfast
Free

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 10th December
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor
Free

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Dec out your Gingerbread Man

Saturday 16th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free, Donations Welcome

Christmas Social Event

Sunday 17th December
Members House
N/K

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Protecting biodiverse brownfield 6 October 2015

A small proportion of brownfield sites can support very significant biodiversity and also provide the last ‘wild’ spaces in urban areas, allowing access to nature and improving people’s health outcomes…

 

Brownfield-Hub

Untidy Industries brownfield site © Jamie Robins

Redeveloping brownfield land can provide development opportunities and reduce pressures on green belt land and other undeveloped areas, giving opportunities to promote economic regeneration. Planning policy is explicit that brownfield sites should be prioritised for redevelopment provided they are not of ‘high environmental value’.

With Councils across NI currently working on long–term development plans for their areas, but without advice on the interpretation of ‘high environmental value’ in the context of brownfield land, it is possible that some sites could be inappropriately identified for development. In order to avoid possible conflicts between conservation and development, the Wildlife and Countryside Link have developed guidance which we hope gives a useful steer. You can access it here. These wildlife rich sites will usually either meet the criteria for the UK Priority Habitat Open Mosiac Habitat on Previously Developed Land (OMHPDL), or have an existing conservation designation.

Experience has shown that brownfield land meeting the criteria for ‘high environmental value’ will be a small proportion of the total (less than 10%) so this should not be seen as a constraint on economic growth. Councils that have not yet mapped the extent of OMHPDL (Open Mosaic Habitat on Previously Developed Land) within their area should consider doing so.

Buglife, the Invertebrate Conservation Trust, have expertise in brownfield land and now have a presence in Northern Ireland. For further information we recommend taking a look at their online brownfield hub or contacting the Northern Ireland Officer, Adam Mantell, on adam.mantell@buglife.org.uk.