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Moving, conserving and interpreting the Downpatrick High Cross

Friday 4th April
Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Free

Nuno Felt Scarf Workshop by Jacki Sleator

Saturday 5th April
Enniskillen Castle Museums
£45 includes light refreshments, this fee includes a £20 non–refundable deposit

Short Course on Field Skills for Identifying and Recording Plants

Saturday 5th April
National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin Dublin,
N/A

Car Boot Sale

Saturday 5th April
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Spring into Action for a Beach Clean

Saturday 5th April
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Free

Get Buzzing

Saturday 5th April
Rowallane Garden
Adult £20

Habitat Improvement

Sunday 6th April
Lagan Valley Regional Park
Free

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IfA 2014 Conference and Training Event

Wednesday 9th April
Glasgow Marriott
See website

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Bird Surveys Techniques

Friday 11th April
Derrygonnelly
£200

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Easter Egg Trail

Monday 14th April
Springhill
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at The Argory

Monday 14th April
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

eNGO Workshop

Monday 14th April
Peatlands Park
Free

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Wind Energy … the New Goldrush?

Wednesday 16th April
Conference Hall, Admin Building, Loughry College, Cookstown BT80 9AA
Free

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Easter at the Barn

Friday 18th April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at Mount Stewart

Friday 18th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Nest Finding Course

Saturday 19th April
Oxford Island
£15

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday 19th April
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Normal Admission, Members Free

Greyabbey Bay Walk

Saturday 19th April
Strangford Lough
Adult £5, Child £2.50

Wild in the Park – Easter Bunnies

Saturday 19th April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Price: £2.75 per adult, £2.25 per child/concession

Easter Pondemonium

Saturday 19th April
Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor
Free

Easter Egg–stravaganza

Sunday 20th April
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Madness

Sunday 20th April
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Sunday Treasure Trails

Sunday 20th April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Fair

Sunday 20th April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail At Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Sunday 20th April
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at Ardress House

Sunday 20th April
Ardress House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at Wellbrook Beetling Mill

Sunday 20th April
Wellbrook Beetling Mill
Normal Admission, Members Free

Wild In The Park: Spring Is In The Air With Phil’s Farm

Sunday 20th April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

Easter Egg Rolling Competition

Sunday 20th April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

Picnic in the Park

Monday 21st April
Forthill, Enniskillen
Free

Easter Cot Cruise

Monday 21st April
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

Easter Monday Fun Day

Monday 21st April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Hunt – Derry–Londonderry

Monday 21st April
St Columb’s Court, Derry–Londonderry
No charge, donations welcome

Up Close With A Fantastic Fox & Friends

Monday 21st April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

Fantastic Mr. Fox Maze Hunt

Monday 21st April
Carnfunnock Country Park
£3 passport

Drumclay Crannog Exhibition

Monday 21st April
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Easter Chick Trail

Tuesday 22nd April
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Vintage Rally

Saturday 26th April
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Wild In The Park: Falcons And Friends

Saturday 26th April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

Jazz in the Garden

Sunday 27th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

A Twisted Torc

Monday 28th April
Elmwood Building, Queens University
Free

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No plans for NI badger cull 5 August 2010

Written Answers 23 July 2010 Badger Cull to Prevent the Spread of Bovine TB


Mr J Shannon asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development if she has had any discussions with her counterpart in the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in relation to a badger cull to prevent the spread of bovine TB; and if these discussions have enabled the initiation of a cull Northern Ireland.
(AQW 7931/10)

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development: I note that the new Liberal-Conservative Coalition in Britain has announced that, as part of a package of measures, they will introduce a carefully-managed and science-led policy of badger control in areas with high and persistent levels of bovine TB. I have not had any discussions with my counterpart in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in relation to a badger cull. I understand that decisions on the shape of the Defra package of measures have not yet been taken and that the Coalition wishes to consider all the issues carefully, including the scientific evidence, and to work out the detail of the package to ensure they get it right. They will be looking at vaccine and culling options as part of that package. They will also watch how Wales embarks on their planned badger cull whilst they finalise their own plans. I shall be very interested to see exactly what it is they propose and how it is to be funded.

My Department has a rigorous TB programme in place, approved by the EU, which includes a strand to address the wildlife factor. The ultimate aim of our TB strategy is to eradicate TB in cattle in the north of Ireland.

Interventions to address the wildlife issue may include improving biosecurity, as well as options for more direct intervention such as the vaccination of badgers, which may be the most feasible solution in the long-term though I recognise it could be some time before an effective oral badger vaccine becomes available. We plan to carry out a TB Biosecurity Study this year to assess what critical differences there are between infected and non-infected herds in a TB high incidence area in County Down.

Consideration of both selected cattle and wildlife factors will be key elements of this Study which will help inform new biosecurity advice for farmers. We are also seeking to see how other AFBI research and development projects can best contribute to the fight against TB.

To date, research involving badger culling elsewhere presents a mixed picture of its cost benefit and effectiveness in reducing disease levels in cattle. It would appear that the cost exceeds the benefit by 2-3 times. There are no plans for any cull of badgers here. As the badger is a protected species, any direct interventions in the badger population would be subject to the agreement of the Environment Minister, and also to the availability of the substantial additional funding that would be needed.

My officials will continue to maintain contact with the work that is on-going in the south of Ireland and in England to develop a viable vaccine for badgers, which can be deployed in a cost effective way. We will also track the progress of the Welsh cull as well as the delivery of the Defra package of measures in England.

Action to deal with cattle to cattle transmission of TB will also continue to be an important element of our TB strategy as we move forward.