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Woodland Management – Saintfield Estate

Sunday 3rd February
Saintfield Estate
N/A

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Public Money for Public Goods – Benefits for farmers, rural communities and the environment

Thursday 7th February
Seamus Heaney Centre, 45 Main Street, Bellaghy BT45 8HT
Free

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Nest Fest

Saturday 16th February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission

Path & Hedge Maintenance

Sunday 17th February
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast
N/A

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CEDaR Recorders Days – Belfast

Wednesday 20th February
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Free

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Dry Stone Walling

Friday 22nd February
Drumnaph Nature Reserve
Free (lunch provided)

Evening Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 23rd February
Belfast
N/A

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Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS) Training (Therapeutic route)

Tuesday 26th February
Bradkeel Social Farm, Plumbridge, County Tyrone BT79 8BN 307
£240 inc VAT

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Irish Conference 2019 Wading into Water: The Assessment and Management of our Aquatic Environment

Thursday 28th February
Radisson Blu, Athlone
CIEEM Member (Fellow, Full, Associate, Graduate) £125.00 CIEEM member (Qual or Retd) £75.00 CIEEM Student Member £30.00 Non Member Ticket £175.00 Student (not a CIEEM member) £50.00

  
 

Be Fair to Bees 25 February 2019

RSPB research student, Annie Magowan from Down High School, has been inspired by the dramatic improvement of bees on environmentally managed farm land in Co. Down that she is to petition the UK government to develop a strategy to support more farmers to do the same and protect our bees.

Young people from Northern Ireland are asking Government to support devolved institutions by having a UK wide strategy to provide funding to support farmers delivering valuable ecosystem services, such as providing wildflowers for pollinators.

RSPB Co. Down research 2018 has shown that wildlife–friendly farming supported four times the number of pollinators compared to a farm that had never been managed for wildlife.  Insect pollinated crops are valued at £603M per year (UK National Ecosystem Assessment). What food can we buy? How much will it cost us? Can we go out into nature and still be astounded but its beauty?  Without bees, we dread to know the answers.  The question is not should we save bees, but why have we not already started?

Help get this issue on the Government’s agenda by signing Annie’s petition using the following link. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/235644.

 

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