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Enabling Biodiversity Net Gain in the Planning System

Tuesday 3rd November
Online
Public Sector Rate: £389.00 Private Sector Rate: £575.00 Voluntary Sector Rate: £315.00

Time for citizen action on climate change? A webinar examining the work of the UK Climate Assembly

Tuesday 3rd November
Online
Free

Demystifying fashion with Lydia Higginson and Dr Mila Burcikova

Tuesday 3rd November
Online
Free

Lasers, drones & boats: measuring the impacts of climate change on heritage

Tuesday 3rd November
Online
Free

CLIMATE ASSEMBLY UK: PATH TO NET ZERO

Wednesday 4th November
Online
Free

Northern Ireland Infrastructure Investment Conference

Thursday 5th November
Online
£185 +VAT

The future of food packaging

Thursday 5th November
Online
Free

Why do we need an Aarhus Centre for Environmental Justice in Ireland 1/2

Thursday 5th November
Online
Free

Autumn Lecture Series Belfast: Georgian Town to Divided City 1770–1920

Thursday 5th November
Online
Free

Mainstreaming Culture and Heritage into Climate Planning

Friday 6th November
Online
Free

What if museums could be engine rooms for the imagination?

Friday 6th November
Online
Free

Discovery 2020! Conference at Queen’s University Belfast

Saturday 7th November
Online
Free

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Heritage Recovery Fund Northern Ireland applicants webinar

Monday 9th November
Online
Free

ICE Strategy Session: The value of community engagement on infrastructure projects

Tuesday 10th November
Online
Free

Why do we need an Aarhus Centre for Environmental Justice in Ireland 2/2

Tuesday 10th November
Online
Free

The UN SDGs and climate change (Reading Climate Festival)

Wednesday 11th November
Online
Free

Heritage Recovery Fund Northern Ireland applicants webinar

Thursday 12th November
Online
Free

Introduction to the Hands–On Heritage project

Thursday 12th November
Online
Free

Sustainable cities with Amahra Spence

Thursday 12th November
Online
Free

Making the Case for Building Reuse through Better Metrics for Avoided, Operational and Embodied Carbon

Friday 13th November
Online
Free

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How To Talk About The Climate Crisis To Anyone

Sunday 15th November
Online
£27.54

Climate Heritage Network General Assembly

Monday 16th November
Online
Free

Past Matters: Climate Emergency and Action

Tuesday 17th November
Online
Free

The future for Northern Ireland energy policy – the energy strategy and net zero targets, security of supply, and the impact on industry and consumers

Wednesday 18th November
Online
See website for details

Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Regional Climate Heritage Forum

Thursday 19th November
Online
Free

Valuing Traditional Knowledge in Climate Action

Friday 20th November
Online
Free

Maintenance Week NI 2020

Friday 20th November
Online
Free

Heritage–based Adaptation and Mitigation | Documentary Film Premiere

Saturday 21st November
Online
Free

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Green nudges for promoting sustainability during Covid

Tuesday 24th November
Online
Free

Northern Ireland Environment Forum 2020 – Exclusive offer for NIEL Members!

Wednesday 25th November
Online
£95 + VAT for NIEL members

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Using Culture to Promote Climate Resilient Sustainable Development

Friday 27th November
Online
Free

Tree Charter Festival 2020

Saturday 28th November
Online
Free

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Putting Community Wellbeing at the Heart of Community Planning

Monday 30th November
Online
Free

     
 

WT survey records rare butterfly 6 August 2020

A rarely seen butterfly, the purple hairstreak has been recorded in the Faughan Valley, in woodlands managed by The Woodland Trust


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The conservation charity uses transects to investigate changes in habitats rather than to simply estimate the number of organisms within it.

Pam Hardeman, who volunteers for The Woodland Trust, has been leading the butterfly transects for over a year. Pam’s recent survey was met with much excitement in the Woodland Trust Northern Ireland team as she found the elusive butterfly, the purple hairstreak, and was able to record its sighting.

Pam, who found the rare butterfly right at the end of her weekly survey, said: “I was over the moon to find a purple hairstreak. I was actually photographing a speckled wood that had landed close by when it flew in and landed on a bramble leaf. It was quite a breezy but sunny afternoon so perhaps it was sheltering! I found it at the entrance to Killaloo woods right at end of my survey and I was so excited to find it.”

One of the key aims of The Woodland Trust is to provide havens for wildlife, and by protecting ancient woodland and creating new native woodlands, the landscape becomes more resilient for native flora and fauna too. To find the purple hairstreak in the Faughan Valley reinforces how vital it is to protect our green spaces so that biodiversity continues to thrive.

It was also a timely find, as Butterfly Conservation Northern Ireland are encouraging the public to record any sightings of butterflies during the annual Butterfly Count which runs from 17 July to 9 August. If you enjoy nature and want to play your part throughout the year, you can get involved with Nature’s Calendar, a science based project, run by The Woodland Trust which records changes in species activity throughout the year.

Bronagh Gallagher, Site Manager for the Faughan Valley said: “The Woodland Trust manages 50 sites across Northern Ireland so there are plenty of outdoor spaces to go and look for wildlife; you can even look for butterflies in your own garden!”

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has funded a Woodland Trust project set to revitalise the Faughan Valley landscape. The National Lottery funding boost will enable the conservation charity to deliver plans, over three years, for a massive £1.2 million project. It’s an undertaking that will benefit the valley’s communities, landowners, landscape and wildlife.

While roadworks are in progress along the A6, Brackfield, Killaloo, Oaks Wood and Burntollet are not accessible to the public. To find a Woodland Trust woodland near you, visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/northern-ireland