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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

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Changing Landscapes: Protecting the environment in a new Europe

Monday 6th November
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

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BTO NI Conference

Saturday 11th November
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
see above

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 12th November
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve Belfast
Free

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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
£19

Family Festive Film Fun

Saturday 18th November
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

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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
Free

Crafted

Saturday 25th November
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hedge Maintenance

Sunday 26th November
Gilford Castle, Gilford Co Armagh
Free

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
Free

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Action Renewables Energy Association – Hydrogen Economy Seminar

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

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Built heritage

The landscape of Northern Ireland has been shaped by man for over 9,000 years, leaving a wealth of historic monuments, buildings and archaeology which provide a valuable link to our past.

Built heritage

While many think of built heritage as resilient, it is in fact vulnerable to change. A legacy of inappropriate development and neglect has resulted in the deterioration of the built heritage in Northern Ireland. Climate change also poses significant risks which are likely to come from rainfall variations and extreme weather events – especially from wetter, milder winters that may cause a shift in the mode and rate of weathering patterns, and the threat of loss of fabric in vulnerable buildings and archaeology. Land subsidence, increased storm events and coastal processes will also present challenges to the built heritage.

The built heritage of Northern Ireland is now being recognised as one of the regions prime assets. Our built heritage has also long been recognised as an attraction to visitors, but there is massive scope to development this role in tourism and place–making further – for the good of society and of the heritage itself. NIEL work to promote a more strategic approach to the built heritage sector and the economic benefits it can bring to Northern Ireland.  

NIEL provides a secretariat service to the Northern Ireland Archaeology Forum. NIAF facilitates individuals and organisations who work to study, protect and promote the built heritage of the region. By raising the profile of the historic environment with the public and politicians, the Forum works to ensure that our heritage is valued and maintained for the future.

Northern Ireland Archaeology Forum (NIAF)

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In recent years, the condition and use of 127 important historic buildings has improved through provision of NIEA grants for repair and maintenance.

In 2011, visitor/heritage centres accounted for 13% of all visits to Northern Ireland and 11% of all visits were for historic properties.

Northern Ireland’s top historic attractions include the Botanic Gardens in Belfast (689,000 visitors), Derry City Walls (248,000), the Carrick–a–Rede Rope Bridge (238,000) and Mount Stewart House (150,000).

There has been a 26% increase in the number of scheduled monuments rising from 1,513 in 2001/02 to 1,900 in 2011/12.

The total number of protected buildings is estimated to be around 8,500 in Northern Ireland.

The total number of historic monuments is estimated to be around 200 in Northern Ireland.

There has been a modest increase in the number of buildings listed in recent years with a total of 8,497 statutory listings in 2011/12, compared to 8,191 in 2003/04.