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Car Boot Sale at Mount Stewart

Saturday 2nd July
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

It’s Only Natural

Saturday 2nd July
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Yogurt Popsicles Show

Saturday 2nd July
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Divis Bus Trip

Saturday 2nd July
Divis
Adult £4, Concession £3

Outdoor Adventures at the National Trust’s Crom Estate

Sunday 3rd July
Crom Estate, Upper Lough Erne, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh BT92 8AJ
Normal National Trust Charges Apply

Woodland Warriors

Sunday 3rd July
Mount Stewart
£20 per participant

Heritage Bus Tour

Monday 4th July
Belfast Hills Partnership
Cost: £10 (£5 for Friends of the Belfast Hills)

Gruffalo Wildlife Trail

Tuesday 5th July
Belfast Hills Partnership
Free

Heritage Talk – Crescent Arts Centre

Tuesday 5th July
Crescent Arts Centre
Free

Pollination in Action

Wednesday 6th July
Slievenacloy
Free

Exploring Cavehill – Orienteering at Belfast Castle

Wednesday 6th July
Belfast Castle
Free

Alien Attack on Cave Hill

Thursday 7th July
Cave Hill
Free

Dance–Fit in the Hills!

Thursday 7th July
Divis Mountain
Free

Picnic and Nature walk at Ballyaghagan Cave Hill Country Park

Friday 8th July
Ballyaghagan Nature Reserve, part of Cave Hill Country Parl
Free

Butterfly Walk

Saturday 9th July
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Big Challenge Walk

Saturday 9th July
Ligoniel Park all the way to Hazelbank Park on the Shore Road.
£5

Parkrun

Saturday 9th July
Colin Glen
Free

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Pirates Picnic at Castle Ward

Monday 11th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Pirates Cellar at Pirates Picnic

Monday 11th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Teddy Bears Picnic

Tuesday 12th July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Introduction to Macro Moth Identification and Trapping

Saturday 16th July
An Creagán, 186 Barony Road, Omagh, Co. Tyrone BT79 9AB
N/A

Music in the Drying Green

Sunday 17th July
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Bug Detectives

Wednesday 20th July
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per person

Biodiversity Summer School 2016

Thursday 21st July
See flyer for details
See flyer for details

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Summer Garden Walk

Saturday 23rd July
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Butterfly Safari

Saturday 23rd July
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Beautiful Butterflies

Sunday 24th July
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Wildlife Trackers at Mount Stewart

Wednesday 27th July
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 29th July
Carrick–a–Rede
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Junior Naturalists Day

Saturday 30th July
An Creagan Center
Free Event

Summer Jazz Series

Sunday 31st July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Fun Day

Sunday 31st July
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Jazz in the Gardens at Mount Stewart

Sunday 31st July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Afternoon Tea at The Argory

Sunday 31st July
The Argory, Moy
Adult £20 (includes estate admission) Child £10 (includes estate admission) Member Adult £15 Child £7.50

      
 

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.