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BioBlitz 2015 – Murlough NNR

Friday 3rd July
Murlough NNR, Co. Down
See flyer for details

Music by the Lake at Crom

Saturday 4th July
Crom, Co Fermanagh
Adult £10 Member Adult £10

BioBlitz – Search for Wildlife

Saturday 4th July
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Music Sundays

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

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 10th July
White Park Bay
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Summer Concert

Saturday 11th July
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Adult £18, Child £18, Member Adult £18, Child £18

Pirates Picnic

Sunday 12th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Pirates Cellar at Pirates Picnic

Sunday 12th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Butterfly Safari

Sunday 12th July
Portstewart Strand
Adult £1, Child £1, same rate for members

50 Things – A Week on the Wildside

Monday 13th July
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Rose Week

Tuesday 14th July
Contact Belfast City Council for details
Contact Belfast City Council for details

Bug Detectives

Wednesday 15th July
Mount Stewart
Child £6

Secret Garden

Thursday 16th July
Meet at Lower Stables car park, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park
£2, under 12s free

Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 17th July
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Argory Tartan

Saturday 18th July
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Jazz in the Garden

Sunday 19th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Coastal Art Exhibition

Sunday 19th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Earl Bishop Trail

Tuesday 21st July
Meet at Castle Walk car park (opposite the Peter Thompson Community Hall)
£10 per person

50 Things – Get Arty

Wednesday 22nd July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Woodland Warriors at Mount Stewart

Wednesday 22nd July
Mount Stewart
Participant £20

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Pop–up Camping

Friday 24th July
Florence Court
Two man tent £30

The Beauty of Butterflies

Saturday 25th July
Meet at Lagan Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre
£2

Focus on Runkerry

Saturday 25th July
Meet at Portballintrae Village Hall
Free

Summer Garden Walk

Saturday 25th July
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5, Member Adult £10, Member Child £5

Summer Book Fair

Saturday 25th July
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Victorian Tea Party

Sunday 26th July
The Argory, Moy
Adult £15 (includes estate admission) Member Adult £10

Beautiful Butterflies at Murlough NNR

Sunday 26th July
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Rockpool Ramble

Wednesday 29th July
Meet at Dunseverick Harbour Car park
Free

Wildlife Trackers

Wednesday 29th July
Mount Stewart
Child £6

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Go Wild with the Rangers at Carrick–a–Rede

Friday 31st July
Carrick–a–Rede
No Charge, Donations Welcome

 
 

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.