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Rare butterfly previously feared extinct discovered in Northern Ireland

A surveyor from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency has discovered a rare butterfly previously thought to be extinct in the province.

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The McCloskey family getting hands on history

Big Dig to unearth hidden history

The Belfast Hills Partnership along with the National Trust are tooling up for this year’s Big Dig on Divis and the Black Mountain.

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Pupils from Beechlawn

US children’s author provides inspiration for Beechlawn pupils

Children from Beechlawn School have received an inspirational illustration from globally renowned author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers.

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McDonald's staff and other local volunteers who took part in the community clean-up  in support of the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Big Spring Clean campaign.

McDonald’s staff help clean up their local community

Staff at the McDonald’s outlet at Sprucefield recently gave up their time to carry out a community clean-up in support of the ‘Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Big Spring Clean’ campaign.

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Wood pellets

RHI list: Officials withhold 48 claimants’ names

Although the vast majority of the names of non-domestic RHI claimants have been released, details of some major claimants have been withheld – with little explanation as to the reasons for each decision.

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IN FULL: Non-domestic RHI claimant list

The Department for the Economy has today published the full list of individuals and companies who have received more than £5,000 under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme.

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Barn owl (c) Margaret Holland

Volunteers needed to transform the fortunes of barn owls

Wildlife lovers are being urged to help safeguard one of Northern Ireland’s most endangered birds, by getting involved in Ulster Wildlife’s annual survey of barn owls this summer.

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Lagan Navigation charity expands

Lagan Navigation charity expands

The Lagan Navigation Trust is celebrating their continued growth on a number of recent community projects

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Pictured with 'The Tractor' floral display at the council stand in 'Healthy Horticulture' at Balmoral Show are: (l-r) Heather Moore, Director of Environmental Services; Mayoress Rosalind Bloomfield; Mayor Brian Bloomfield MBE; Councillor Sean McPeake, NILGA President and Councillor James Baird, Chairman of the council's Environmental Services Committee.

‘The Tractor’ impresses visitors to council stand at Balmoral Show

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council showed off its green credentials by creating three special floral displays at its stand in the Healthy Horticulture section of this year’s Balmoral Show.

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Pictures: Sun shines on a bumper Balmoral Show

Pictures: Sun shines on a bumper Balmoral Show

Have you been to the Balmoral Show yet?

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Pictured at the recent May Fair in Hillsborough with Councillor James Baird, Chairman of the council's Environmental Services Committee are (l-r) Celine Magill, New Leaf and Sarah McGeough, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

Hillsborough going green in bid to capture Britain in Bloom top prize

Hillsborough is ‘going green’ in a bid to secure the top prize in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition.

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Councils are implementing a variety of measures in a bid to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.

Council reviewing waste collection services in bid to reduce landfill

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council is undertaking “a strategic and comprehensive review” of its kerbside household waste collection services.

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Driest April in 35 years; dullest in 20 years

Driest April in 35 years; dullest in 20 years

The Armagh Observatory has reported that April 2017 was much drier than average, and slightly warmer and much duller.

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Sheep grazing on a 'solar farm' in Devon, England. (Archive photo)

Energy firm pledges support for community activities

Lightsource Renewable Energy, which has plans for a new solar farm in the Maghaberry area, has pledged financial support for a range of community activities in the village.

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Elaine Flynn, SERC Commercial Contracts Manager, SERC principal Ken Webb, tutor Paul Henry and George McCracken Head of Estates Risk and Environment, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

Pioneering training at SERC

Lisburn based South Eastern Regional College (SERC) has created a unique training partnership with the Health and Social Care Trust (HSCT) to help prevent the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease and improve patient safety.

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Alderman James Tinsley surveys the mess left by fly-tippers on Rushyhill Road, near Stoneyford.

Filthy fly-tippers leaving ratepayers out of pocket

Thousands of pounds of local ratepayers’ money is having to be spent every month cleaning up rubbish dumped by filthy fly-tippers.

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Pupils get hooked on survival of salmon with Hills Partnership

Pupils get hooked on survival of salmon with Hills Partnership

Schools of salmon streamed into classrooms last month in refrigerated incubators! Year 9 pupils from St Colm’s High and P7’s from Oakwood Integrated Primary have been hatching fish eggs for release, into their local river with the help of the Belfast Hills Partnership.

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Local people ‘head to nature’ at Portmore

Local people ‘head to nature’ at Portmore

An innovative wellbeing project has recently taken place at RSPB Portmore Lough near Aghalee.

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Pictured surveying the species levels at the new river bed site are Trevor Ogborn and Gary Houston of the Lagan River Trust, with Geri Wright from Phoenix Natural Gas.

Successful project breathes new life into River Lagan

The River Lagan is set to be brimming with life again after the creation of a new spawning bed on the waterway near Gravelhill Road, Maze.

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