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Oct 2019 right left


9th IUCN UK Peatland Programme Conference – Peatlands: Investing in the Future

Tuesday 1st October
The Europa Hotel, Belfast
See website for details


Comber Greenway Task Day

Saturday 5th October
Billy Neill crossing at 9am, Dundonald or on the greenway under North Road bridge at 9.30am, East Belfast


NILGA Changing Places: Planning, Place–shaping and Place–making in NI

Tuesday 8th October
Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen

Northern Ireland Energy Forum 2019

Tuesday 8th October
La Mon, Belfast
See website for details


Citigroup Environmental Expo

Thursday 10th October
Citigroup, Titanic Quarter, Belfast


Grass Roots AGM

Saturday 12th October
Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church Hall, Ormeau Road, Belfast


CEDaR Training Course – Woodlice

Saturday 19th October
Crawfordsburn Country Park

Maintaining a Young Hedge

Sunday 20th October
Kilmacrew House near Banbridge

The Future of Food Packaging

Monday 21st October
CAFRE Loughry Campus, Cookstown BT80 9AA


Inaugural QUB Sustainability Lecture

Wednesday 23rd October
Peter Froggatt Centre/0G/007, Queen’s University Belfast

Water Framework Directive Stakeholder Conference 2019

Wednesday 23rd October
College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim BT41 4PS

CEDaR Training Course – Grassland Fungi

Thursday 24th October
Magilligan Field Centre

Enough is Enough – The Rise and Rise of Food Poverty

Friday 25th October
TBC, Belfast

Scarecrow Festival

Saturday 26th October
Normal Admission

Hidden Autumn Estate

Saturday 26th October
Adult £15

Spooky Springhill

Sunday 27th October
Springhill Moneymore
Normal Admission. NT Members and under 5’s free.

Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2019

Monday 28th October
Royal Society, London


SWIM project app launched 25 July 2019

New app launch makes planning your next beach day out easy

(via Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful)




The €1m EU funded SWIM (System for Bathing Water Quality Monitoring) Project has launched its pilot app, for beach–lovers to use at 9 designated cross–border beaches. The app will provide users with handy information on water quality and local events, right at their fingertips.

SWIM combines the expertise of University College Dublin, Agri–Food & Biosciences Institute and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. The app will make it quick and simple for users to access bathing water quality results at their chosen beach, along with information on local events, making planning a day out that much easier.

The project is funded under the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

It has been provided match–funding by the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government in Ireland.

“The EU SWIM app is unique because it is the first time that there is an app that provides bathing water quality information at selected beaches in the North and South of Ireland,” said Dr Rosemarie Gannon, the EU SWIM Project manager, based at University College Dublin. “The app helps to make a connection between the beaches and show their similarities, thereby strengthening cross border links. The app is a simple and convenient way to find out if the water is clean at selected beaches. It gives reassurance to beachgoers and can help them to enjoy their time at the beach and in the water even more.”

The app can be downloaded for free, from the Apple and Google Play stores, by searching EU SWIM Project.

More information about the project can be found at or via our Facebook and Twitter accounts @EUSWIMProject

“I’ve used the new app to reassure other open water swimmers and potential open water swimmers about water cleanliness, specifically in Ballyholme,” said Marie–Therese Davis–Hanson, a daily, year round sea swimmer. “The app will prove to be invaluable to my swim buddies and I; I think it’s a fantastic asset to our open water swimming community network, which is growing daily. Lots of new sea swim groups are learning about the sea, tides, currents, beach profiles, water quality & safety etc. from myself and the app.”

The new, free app will provide useful information for beach users, via their smartphones, for easily planned, great days out.


To speak to a press spokesperson, please contact:

Emma Johnston, EU SWIM Project Officer, at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

Dr Jade Berman, Local Environment Quality & Business Development Manager,
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

Or call Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful on 028 90 736 920

The nine designated EU SWIM Project beaches are: Ballyholme; Ballywalter; Castlerock; Clogherhead; Curran (Portrush); Enniscrone; Lady’s Bay; Newcastle and Waterfoot.

The links to download the app in the Apple and Google Play Stores

Read the full press release here…