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Northern Ireland’s first public CES bird ringing programme at Ecos Nature Park

Ecos Nature Park, Ballymena is the first public Constant Effort Site (CES) in Northern Ireland. The programme began on Monday 8 May 2017 and 11 more morning sessions will be spaced out across the summer. The bird ringing mornings are led by BTO licensed ringer and trainer Aidan Crean and will run from 8am to 12.30pm. The Constant Effort Sites (CES) scheme is the first national standardised … [Read More...]

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Biodiversity Halloween Autumn Event…

Biodiversity Halloween Autumn Event – Come in your best festive fancy dress and enjoy  15 spaces available. Please note places will be confirmed in writing when registration forms are returned If you require additional information please contact, Events Student 028 92509551 Events.student@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk  

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