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Feb 2018 right left


Snowdrop Strolls

Thursday 1st February
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission Members Free

Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission Members Free

Path Edging and Bird Count

Saturday 3rd February
Comber Greenway

Pond Improvement

Sunday 4th February
Rea’s Wood Antrim


Rethinking Engagement – A Dialogue Approach

Wednesday 7th February
Holywell Diversecity Community Partnership Building, 10–12 Bishop St, Derry


NI Science Festival 2018

Thursday 15th February
Various, see website for details
See website for details

Brexit, Climate and Energy Policy

Thursday 15th February
Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2


Nest Fest

Saturday 17th February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Woodland walk at Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Saturday 17th February
Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Scrub Clearance

Sunday 18th February
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills


Priorities for Transport Infrastructure in Northern Ireland

Tuesday 20th February
Radisson Blu Hotel, The Gasworks, 3 Cromac P lace, Ormeau Road, Belfast
See website for details


Water Northern Ireland Conference 2018

Thursday 22nd February
Crowne Plaza Belfast, 117 Milltown Road, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast BT8 7XP
Contact for details

Shifting Shores Wave 2 seminar

Thursday 22nd February
Olympic Suite, Titanic Belfast


Grassroots Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 24th February


River pollution may increase… 25 March 2014

Wetter winters in the future could increase agricultural pollution in Britain’s rivers, say scientists


A research team from Lancaster University concluded that increased, more intensive winter rainfall is likely to wash more fertiliser out of soil and into rivers.

This could artificially nourish plants, including toxic algae.

The research team is now embarking on a project to help predict and ultimately mitigate agricultural pollution.

Its study aims to work out how the changing climate and agricultural land use combined are likely to affect our waterways.

Lead researcher Prof Philip Haygarth explained that it was not just the rainfall that could cause problems, but the temperature.

“Drier, hotter summers mean that the processes in the soil will change and that the soil will crack open,” he explained.

“This will create pathways in the soil for water to flow.

“So what we’re doing in this project is trying to study the processes that might take place in the future and use climate models to help run scenarios so we can better manage it in the future.”

The project – Nutrients in Catchments to 2050 – involves researchers from several institutes across England and Wales, including the Met Office Hadley Centre, Bangor University and Liverpool University.

The scientists involved are combining direct measurements of water quality with climate models.

This basically helps paint a picture of how much fertiliser the soil will be able to absorb, and how much will wash through.

“We need to be able to do the best science possible with the latest computer models, with the best data possible to make the best predictions about what’s going to happen in the future with land use and with climate,” he told BBC News.

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