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Christmas Fair at The Argory

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

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NIEL AGM 2017 & GDPR Information Session

Wednesday 6th December
Window on Wildlife (WOW), Belfast
Free

Santa’s Magical Kingdom at The Argory

Thursday 7th December
The Argory, Moy
Adult £7 Child £15

Fermanagh Choral Society Christmas Concerts

Friday 8th December
Castle Coole
Adult £15

Yuletide Market at Rowallane

Saturday 9th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Have a go: Coppicing

Saturday 9th December
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Magical Christmas

Saturday 9th December
Castle Coole
Adult £5, Child £15

Belfast’s First Repair Café

Saturday 9th December
Farset Labs, Belfast
Free

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 10th December
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor
Free

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Dec out your Gingerbread Man

Saturday 16th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free, Donations Welcome

Christmas Social Event

Sunday 17th December
Members House
N/K

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Fall for Autumn 22 September 2017

Woodland Trust appeals for volunteers to record natural seasonal signs

 

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September 22, the autumn equinox, brings the first day of the new season. That’s according to the astronomical calendar. For meteorologists, each season is a three–month period, with autumn stretching over September, October and November.

Whichever calendar you follow, there’s no doubt that the days are getting shorter and cooler, and the coats a little heavier.

The Woodland Trust says that autumn is unfolding bang on time, in terms of natural events, with its vibrant visual treat still to come.

The charity wants members of the public to get outdoors and enjoy this spectacular season, and is encouraging nature lovers to share their seasonal sightings.

By recording natural seasonal signs, thousands of people have enabled the Trust’s Nature’s Calendar to become the leading UK survey into how plants and wildlife respond to weather and climate.

According to the charity, records from Northern Ireland are relatively scarce, in comparison with other parts of the UK.

Patrick Cregg is the director of the Woodland Trust and says: “We’re asking people across Northern Ireland to play a part. Your records, no matter how few, will make a valuable contribution to research, helping to show how nature is affected by weather and a changing climate.

“Signs of autumn include fruit ripening – keep an eye on the likes of hawthorn, blackthorn and holly. Look for ivy flowering, and first leaf tint through to full tint and leaf drop. You really don’t have to be an expert; you can even record the date of your last lawn cut.

“It’s a great incentive to get close to nature. Get into your garden, take a closer look at your street trees, or enjoy a breath of fresh air in your nearest park or woodland.”

The new Nature’s Calendar website is now live. People can now add pictures with their records and log specific locations. To find out more and get your recording underway, visit http://www.naturescalendar.org.uk

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