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The Geoarchaeology of County Down’s High Crosses and Round Towers

Friday 3rd April
Pat Collins reading room at Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast
Free

Wellbrook Beetling Mill Easter Egg Trail

Friday 3rd April
Wellbrook Beetling Mill
Normal Admission, Members Free

Mount Stewart Easter Egg Trail

Friday 3rd April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Ardress House Easter Egg Trail

Friday 3rd April
Ardress House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter at the Barn in Castle Ward

Friday 3rd April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Craft Demonstrations

Friday 3rd April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Hunt at Murlough NNR

Saturday 4th April
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Madness at Castle Coole

Sunday 5th April
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg–stravaganza at Crom

Sunday 5th April
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Sunday Treasure Trails at Florence Court

Sunday 5th April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Sunday Celebrations at Giant’s Causeway

Sunday 5th April
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Fair at Castle Ward

Sunday 5th April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trails at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Sunday 5th April
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Cot Cruise at Crom

Monday 6th April
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

Easter Monday Fun Day at Florence Court

Monday 6th April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Chick Trail

Tuesday 7th April
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Spring into Action for the Beach Clean

Saturday 11th April
Murlough NNR
Free

Dawn Chorus

Saturday 11th April
Meet at Ramada Plaza Hotel foyer
£8.50

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CIfA 2015 Conference

Wednesday 15th April
Mercure Holland Hotel, Cardiff
See website for details

Ranger Round–Up

Wednesday 15th April
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free,Additional charge for ranger activity, £5 per child.

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Paws in the Park

Saturday 18th April
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

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A Real Buzz

Thursday 23rd April
Meet at Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady
Free

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Foraging for Spring Greens

Saturday 25th April
Meet at Downhill Forest
Free

Forage in the Forest

Saturday 25th April
Meet at Lagan Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre
£6

Four Peaks Challenge

Sunday 26th April
Divis and the Black Mountain
Adult £3,

Jazz in the Gardens

Sunday 26th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Victorian Tea Party

Sunday 26th April
The Argory
Adult £15 (includes estate admission) Member Adult £10

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On the move – A conference about cycling and connectivity

Thursday 30th April
Reception Room, Belfast City Hall, Belfast
£50, free for CIVINET UK & Ireland members

  
 

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.