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Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 2nd February
The Argory Moy
Normal Admission

Woodland Management – Saintfield Estate

Sunday 3rd February
Saintfield Estate


Public Money for Public Goods – Benefits for farmers, rural communities and the environment

Thursday 7th February
Seamus Heaney Centre, 45 Main Street, Bellaghy BT45 8HT


Tackling Food Waste: Protecting the Environment and Helping Society

Wednesday 13th February
De Vere Holborn Bars, 138–142 Holborn, London
See website for details


Nest Fest

Saturday 16th February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission

Path & Hedge Maintenance

Sunday 17th February
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast


CEDaR Recorders Days – Belfast

Wednesday 20th February
Ulster Museum, Belfast


Dry Stone Walling

Friday 22nd February
Drumnaph Nature Reserve
Free (lunch provided)

Evening Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 23rd February


Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS) Training (Therapeutic route)

Tuesday 26th February
Bradkeel Social Farm, Plumbridge, County Tyrone BT79 8BN 307
£240 inc VAT


Irish Conference 2019 Wading into Water: The Assessment and Management of our Aquatic Environment

Thursday 28th February
Radisson Blu, Athlone
CIEEM Member (Fellow, Full, Associate, Graduate) £125.00 CIEEM member (Qual or Retd) £75.00 CIEEM Student Member £30.00 Non Member Ticket £175.00 Student (not a CIEEM member) £50.00

BITC Charity Learning Network

Thursday 28th February
Arthur Cox, Victoria House, 15–17 Gloucester St, Belfast
£295 + VAT


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…