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New Year’s Day Winter Walk

Monday 1st January
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

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Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 7th January
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh
Free

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Have a go: Hedge laying

Saturday 20th January
Mount Stewart
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Meadow Management

Sunday 21st January
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor
Free

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Action Renewables Energy Association (AREA) – The Opportunities in Energy Storage

Tuesday 23rd January
The Doyen, 829 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7GY
£66

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Griddle Baking

Saturday 27th January
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Get Stuck In at Murlough

Sunday 28th January
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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UK butterflies in 40–year slump 15 December 2015

More than three–quarters of the UK’s butterflies have declined in the past 40 years, according to a report by the charity Butterfly Conservation

 

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The study, State of the UK’s Butterflies 2015, suggests 76% of resident and regular migrant butterflies have declined.

Some common species have suffered what the charity calls “major slumps”.

Thousands of data–gathering volunteers enabled scientists to build up this long–term national picture.

And Butterfly Conservation and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), which helped produce this report, encouraged the public to take part in surveys to help monitor trends in UK biodiversity.

‘Rare restoration’

While the main conclusions suggest a bleak outlook for the insects, the research did reveal some rare species were benefiting from targeted conservation.

According to Richard Fox, of Butterfly Conservation, one of the lead researchers, this was thanks to landscape–scale projects – protecting and restoring threatened habitats, such as managed wildflower–rich grasslands and heath–lands.

The threatened Duke of Burgundy butterfly, for example, has seen a recent increase in abundance, following years of decline, thanks to grassland restoration.

Read more via BBC News…