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Wildflower Nursery – Garden Improvement

Sunday 1st May
Knockbracken Belfat
Free

Dawn Chorus Walk

Sunday 1st May
Mount Stewart
Adult £8, Child £5

Apple Blosson Day

Monday 2nd May
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

50 Things – Go Wild at Castle Ward

Monday 2nd May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 2nd May
Crom, Co Fermanagh
Adult £4, Child £2

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Ramble with the Head Ranger

Saturday 7th May
Castle Ward
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Behind the Scenes—Bluebell Walks

Saturday 7th May
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Car Boot Sale at Mount Stewart

Saturday 7th May
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Fishery Open Weekend

Saturday 7th May
Carrick–a–Rede
Normal Admission, Members Free

The Early Bird Catches the Worm

Saturday 7th May
Creggan Country Park
Free

Late Spring Guided Walk

Sunday 8th May
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Spring Walk

Sunday 8th May
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Answer the Call: First World War Posters

Thursday 12th May
Down County Museum
Free

Newtownabbey Bat Walk

Thursday 12th May
Doffer Room, Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey
Free

Candlelit Tour

Friday 13th May
Castle Coole
Adult £10

Minnowburn Dander

Saturday 14th May
Minnowburn
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Taste of Florence Court

Saturday 14th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Tree Care at Gilford Castle

Sunday 15th May
Gilford Castle
Free

Corn Mill Bursts into Life at Castle Ward

Sunday 15th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Dog Agility

Saturday 21st May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Saint Brendan Sea Safari

Saturday 21st May
Strangford Lough
Adult £15, Child £5, Family £35

Landscape Ecology with Dr. Alan Cooper

Saturday 21st May
An Creagan Center
Free Event

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Habitat Restoration on Lowland raised Bog with Andy Crory from Ulster Wildlife

Wednesday 25th May
An Creagan Center
Free Event

Resourcing Upland Communities

Thursday 26th May
The Dunloe Hotel, Beaufort, Killarney, Co. Kerry
See flyer for details

The Restoration will be Digitised

Thursday 26th May
Crescent Arts Centre
£10–£20

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Himalayan Balsam Control

Sunday 29th May
Lough Neagh Shore near Antrim
Free

County Fair

Sunday 29th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members 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.