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Canals and Navigations

Friday 1st August
Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Free

Have a Go Day

Friday 1st August
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Rare Breeds Poulty Fair

Saturday 2nd August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free, Seperate Charge for Sellers

August Car Boot Sale at Mount Stewart

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

Lughnasa Fair at Carrickfergus Castle

Saturday 2nd August
Carrickfergus Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

August Saturdays at Dunluce Castle

Saturday 2nd August
Dunluce Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Meadows to Mountains Walk

Saturday 2nd August
St Galls Clubhouse, 4 Miltown Row, Belfast
Small fee for the day

Kite Festival

Sunday 3rd August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Family Fun Day

Sunday 3rd August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Strangford Sea Safari

Sunday 3rd August
Strangford Lough
Adult £12, Child £6

Kite Festival at Redburn

Sunday 3rd August
Redburn Country Park
Free

World War 1 Weekend, Grey Point Fort

Sunday 3rd August
Grey Point Fort
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Early Christian Life on the Island

Sunday 3rd August
Devenish Monastic Site
Free

World War One Film Night, Grey Point Fort

Monday 4th August
Grey Point Fort
N/A

Beckett Season – Storytelling event at Curry’s Cottage

Tuesday 5th August
Curry’s Cottage, Derrylin, 9 Derryhooly Rd, BT92 9ES
See flyer for details

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Go Batty! at Ardress House

Friday 8th August
Ardress House
Adult £5, Child £3, Family £13

Bat Night at Quoile

Friday 8th August
Quoile Countryside Centre
Free

Tully Castle Capers and Dog Show

Saturday 9th August
Tully Castle, Derrygonnelly
Free

Medieval Fair at Dundrum Castle

Saturday 9th August
Dundrum Castle
Free

Geology of Northern Ireland in a Nutshell

Saturday 9th August
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Open Day at Ards Allottments

Saturday 9th August
Ards Allottments
Free

Geology Rocks

Sunday 10th August
Assembly point: 10:30am Dunseverick Harbour Car Park
Free

National Marine Week Geology Rocks at Dunseverick

Sunday 10th August
Dunseverick, Bushmills
Free

Medieval Food & Quill Writing

Sunday 10th August
Fermanagh County Museum
Normal Admission Rates Apply

August Week on the Wildside

Monday 11th August
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Normal Admission, Members Free

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CraftFest 2014

Friday 15th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Victorian Weekend

Saturday 16th August
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free, Additional Charge for Afternoon Tea

World War One Commemorations

Saturday 16th August
Inniskillings Museum
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Drystone Walling, Inishowen, County Donegal

Saturday 16th August
Inishowen, Co Donegal
TBC

Landscape Painting & Photography Workshops

Saturday 16th August
Castle Archdale, Country Park
Free

Go Batty in the Park at Mossley Mill

Saturday 16th August
Mossley Mill, Newtowabbey
Free

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An Evening at Yellow Jack’s Cairn

Thursday 21st August
Divis and the Black Mountain
Adult £3

Batty Bonanza

Friday 22nd August
Springhill
Adult £5, Child £3, Family £13, Price includes light refreshments

Bat Walk

Friday 22nd August
Boom Hall – Derry–Londonderry
No charge, donations welcome

Season’s End in the Dunes

Saturday 23rd August
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1

Go Fishing

Saturday 23rd August
Assembly Point: Altnahinch Dam Car Park
Free

Nature’s Little Helpers at Kilbroney Forest Park

Saturday 23rd August
Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor
Free

Jazz Sunday

Sunday 24th August
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Princesses and Pirates

Sunday 24th August
Springhill
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer of Cultures Family Fun Day

Monday 25th August
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Tickets £3.50 per adult/ child/senior & student. Under 2’s go free. Group ticket for 5 admissions – £15.00.

Cot Trips – August Bank Holiday

Monday 25th August
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

Bank Holiday Monday at Carrickfergus Castle

Monday 25th August
Carrickfergus Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

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International Pollinator Pow–Wow

Wednesday 27th August
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
Free

Bat Night

Thursday 28th August
Assembly point: 7:30pm O’Harabrook Estate stable yard, Ballymoney (approx. 10pm  nish)
Free

Bat Evening at Roe Valley

Thursday 28th August
Roe Valley Country Park
Free

Putting Ecosystem Services into Practice

Thursday 28th August
Garron Plateau, Co. Antrim
£20.00

Central and Local Government Reform

Friday 29th August
Clifton House, North Queen Street, Belfast
Free

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Meet the Normans!

Sunday 31st August
Carrickfergus Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

      
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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.