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Storytelling by the Fire

Friday 3rd November
Florence Court
Adult £15

Autumn Garden Walk

Saturday 4th November
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Jo’s Walks — The building of Murlough: Part 1

Saturday 4th November
Murlough NNR, Keel Point, Dundrum entrance
No Charge, Donations Welcome


Changing Landscapes: Protecting the environment in a new Europe

Monday 6th November
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


BTO NI Conference

Saturday 11th November
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
see above

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 12th November
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve Belfast


Innovative Learning using GIS, ICT and Fieldwork

Saturday 18th November
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
£45 including lunch

Have a go: Dry Stone Walling

Saturday 18th November
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday 18th November
Mount Stewart

Family Festive Film Fun

Saturday 18th November
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


NIEA Conference on Water Framework Directive – Future Partnerships

Saturday 25th November
College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim BT41 4PS


Saturday 25th November
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hedge Maintenance

Sunday 26th November
Gilford Castle, Gilford Co Armagh

World Forum on Natural Capital 2017

Monday 27th November
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh
See website for details

Scrub Clearance & Conserving the Cryptic Wood White Butterfly

Monday 27th November
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre


Action Renewables Energy Association – Hydrogen Economy Seminar

Wednesday 29th November
The Doyen, 829 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7GY
See website for details


Travel Survey for NI 2012–14 17 December 2015

The Travel Survey for Northern Ireland (TSNI) in–depth report, containing statistics for 2012–2014, is now available


The publication is produced by the Central Statistics and Research Branch (CSRB) of the Department for Regional Development and contains information on trends in personal travel for Northern Ireland residents, how they travel, why they travel and some of the other factors affecting travel. The publication is available on the CSRB website at:

Key points
The key points for 2012–2014 are:

· On average, Northern Ireland residents travelled 5,958 miles per year during 2012–2014. This is around the same as the average distance travelled per person per year in 2002–2004 (5,861 miles).

· In 2012–2014, each person made an average of 908 journeys each year. This has decreased from the 2002–2004 average of 963 journeys per person per year.

· Looking at the 17 and over age group, a higher proportion of men (83%) held full car driving licences than women (72%) in 2012–2014. Over the last ten years, there has been an increase in the proportion of women holding a car driving licence from 61% in 2002–2004 to 72% in 2012–2014, whereas there has been no real change in the proportion of men holding a licence during this time period.

· Car journeys accounted for 72% of all journeys made in 2012–2014, 17% were walks and 5% were journeys by public transport (Ulsterbus, Metro, Other Bus, Northern Ireland Railways, Black Taxi).

· Those living in the Belfast area (Belfast Local Government District prior to April 2015) travelled an average of 4,229 miles per year in 2012–2014, 29% lower than the Northern Ireland average (5,958 miles per person per year).

· Each person spent, on average, 299 hours per year travelling within Northern Ireland during 2012–2014 – just over 12 days each year or approximately 49 minutes per day. Around 33 minutes per day were spent travelling by car and eight minutes per day were spent walking. The results for 2002–2004 are comparable.

Read more via the Department for Regional Development website…