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    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

    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)

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    Disappearance of Irish Elk 17 November 2009

    Starvation 'wiped out' giant deer

    The giant deer, also known as the giant Irish deer or Irish elk, is one of the largest deer species that ever lived. Yet why this giant animal, which had massive antlers spanning 3.6m, suddenly became extinct some 10,600 years ago has remained a mystery.

    Now a study of its teeth is producing tantalising answers, suggesting the deer couldn't cope with climate change. As conditions became colder and drier in Ireland at the time, fewer plants grew, gradually starving the deer. The discovery is published in the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.

    The giant deer (Megaloceros giganteus) has become famous over the past few centuries. In the early 1800s, discoveries of its remains opened up the debate about whether animal species had previously become extinct, and whether new life-forms could be discovered in the fossil record. Around this time, conflicting ideas as to why the animal went extinct began to emerge. Initial ideas ranged from the Biblical flood described by Genesis, to the idea that humans had wiped them out.

    This story is from the BBC.  Read the story in full here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8362000/8362203.stm

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