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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Coca–Cola Coast Care Awards, Live Here Love Here are calling for you to nominate your Coastal and Inland Waterway Hero!

Friday 1st September

Castlerock Walk Fest

Saturday 2nd September
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
N/A

Car Bazaar

Saturday 2nd September
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Autumn Book Fair at The Argory

Saturday 2nd September
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Bushcraft for Beginners

Saturday 2nd September
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
£35 including a packed lunch

Rea’s Wood – Removal of Sycamore Trees in Wet–woodland

Sunday 3rd September
Rea’s Wood Antrim
Free

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Ards Beach Cleaning

Saturday 9th September
Strangford Lough meet at Portaferry
No Charge

NI Environment Week – Benburb Castle

Saturday 9th September
Benburb Castle
Free

NI Environment Week – Picnic with nature at Creggan Country Park

Saturday 9th September
Creggan Country Park

NI Environment Week – The Park After Dark – Creggan Country Park

Saturday 9th September
Creggan Country Park

NI Environment Week – Walk on the wild side – Creggan Country Park

Saturday 9th September
Creggan Country Park

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NI Environment Week – Brexit: The Future of the Environment in NI

Monday 11th September
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
Free

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NI Environment Week – Batty about bats!

Wednesday 13th September
Rathfern Community Centre, Knockenagh Avenue, Carnmoney

NI Environment Week – Get your hands dirty!

Thursday 14th September
Various
Free

NI Environment Week – Creggan Heritage Trail for 50+ groups

Thursday 14th September
Creggan Country Park

NI Environment Week – Power from the Planet – Creggan Country Park

Friday 15th September
Creggan Country Park

Hedge Fun

Saturday 16th September
Minnowburn
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Wildlife Tracking

Saturday 16th September
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
£45 including lunch

NI Environment Week – Food from the Hills, Colin Allotments Healthy Living Centre

Saturday 16th September
Colin Allotments Healthy Living Centre
£5 per person (Belfast Hills Friends discounted rate of £3)

MCS Beachwatch

Sunday 17th September
Murlough NNR
No Charge

Foraging for Wild Foods and Medicine

Sunday 17th September
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
£40

Killard Point near Strangford – Beachwatch

Sunday 17th September
Killard Point
Free

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Blue Opportunities: The Marine Economy in the NPA

Thursday 21st September
Marine Institute, Rinville West, Oranmore, Galway
Free

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Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 24th September
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Brexit: Debating the Way Forward for Agriculture and the Environment in Northern Ireland

Friday 29th September
CAFRE, Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Rd, BT41 4PS
Free

Red Squirrel Day

Saturday 30th September
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Tea Blending

Saturday 30th September
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Marine

Northern Ireland benefits from approximately 650km of coastline and its marine area is a major environmental and economic asset for the region. It is home to a number of productive and diverse ecosystems, supports industries such as aquaculture, fishing and tourism and offers potential for the growth of marine renewables.

Marine

Our marine environment is under severe environmental pressure. Toxic algal blooms, nutrient–enriched estuaries, over–exploited commercial fish stocks, invasive species, habitat destruction, increasing sea temperatures, coastal erosion, littered beaches and sewage pollution are all having negative impacts.

Our seas are not a limitless resource and we need to develop an approach to regulating activities which will allow sustainable marine management and development. Marine planning is a tool which will facilitate the sustainable development of the marine area, based on a balanced consideration of economic, social and environmental factors while taking account of the costs and benefits of key marine activities.

NIEL is a member of the Marine Task Force (MTF), which actively campaigned for the introduction of comprehensive marine legislation for Northern Ireland. The subsequent introduction of the Northern Ireland Marine Act in September 2013 therefore marked a key moment for Northern Ireland’s marine environment and our long running campaign. The NI Marine Act is NI’s primary contribution to the EU goal of having healthy seas by the year 2020. The Act creates a new type of marine protected area called Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ’s) and allows Northern Ireland to plan the sustainable use of the seas for future generations. However, the work of implementing the Act has now begun in earnest and the MTF will be heavily involved in ensuring that it will deliver all that it can for our precious and vulnerable marine ecosystem.

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The Northern Ireland marine area consists of 650km of coastline, with over 10,000 hectares of shore lying between the High and Low water marks.

The fishing industry consists of 251 vessels whose catch in 2008 was valued at £23.2 million by DARD.

In 2009, 36 cruise ships brought 57,000 visitors to Belfast worth £16 million to the local economy.

It is estimated that by 2020 the value of offshore renewable energy could be as high as £880 million.

Over 91% of the Northern Ireland Marine area maintains ASSI designation (Areas of Special Scientific Interest).

Coastal areas support all cities in NI, with the vast majority of the population living within 60km of marine waters.

In 2012, 16 of the 23 beaches monitored in Northern Ireland achieved the EC Bathing Water Directive guideline standards, compared with 20 out of 24 beaches in 2011.

Almost 90% (compared to less than half in 2011) of marine water bodies around Northern Ireland’s shores were classified as high or good in 2012, with the remaining waterbody areas being classified as moderate.

In 2011, as in 2010, all ten designated shellfish waters achieved the mandatory standard and there were no exceedences of the dangerous substances standards in shellfish waters.