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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


The EU SWIM Project 18 February 2019

The EU SWIM Project is a cross–border project representing a real step–change in how bathing water quality is monitored and is currently engaging pupils in an exciting new project



[L – R:] Grace Mulligan (principal Scoil Chriost ri Enniscrone, Enda Killoran
(Sligo County Council), Levent Gorgu (SWIM Project–UCD), Gregory O’Hare
(SWIM Project – UCD) Rosemarie Gannon (SWIM Project – UCD),
Debra Castles (SWIM Project – Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful) with pupils

The EU SWIM (System for Bathing Water Quality Monitoring) Project is developing a facility to enable bathers to check the water quality of their chosen bathing spots live before taking a dip. During the bathing water season from June 2019 the EU SWIM project will provide invaluable, real–time information on water quality for the general public on both sides of the border. The information will be made available on the website and an app and onsite beach signage. The system will also make a significant contribution towards meeting the EU’s Bathing Water Directive, and therefore help meet one of the core environmental protection objectives of the INTERREG VA Programme.

The infrastructure required for the water quality prediction has included weather stations and associated river sensors and gauges for the 9 designated SWIM beaches.  As part of the project two schools have been chosen for their proximity to Enniscrone and Waterfoot beach. The schools are hosting weather stations at Scoil Chríost Rí, Enniscrone, Co Sligo and St Patrick’s Primary School near Waterfoot beach in Glenariff, Co Antrim. This has provided an exciting opportunity for both schools to collaborate on a project to share the data coming from their SWIM weather stations and to compare and interpret their results. During recent visits the EU SWIM team had the opportunity to spend time looking at the instalments and talking to the children about how the weather station data works. The principal of St Patrick’s Primary School, Roisin McCarry, commented.

“At the minute, St. Patrick’s Primary School is the only school in this area to have a weather station. The information is very detailed for Primary School use, but we are working with our partner school, UCD, AFBI and KNIB in devising some practical worksheets to use the data in our projects on Weather and the Environment”.

Read the full press release here…