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Heritage Practice in Contested Spaces

Friday 3rd October
Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Free

Autumn Plant Fair at Rowallane Garden

Saturday 4th October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Autumn Fair at Mount Stewart

Saturday 4th October
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Harvest and Country Fair

Saturday 4th October
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free, Additional charge for Scarecrow Trail.

Laurel Clearance

Sunday 5th October
Saintfield Estate near Saintfield
Free

Silver Sunday –at Enniskillen Castle Museums

Sunday 5th October
Enniskillen Castles Museum
Free

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SEUPB Environmental Conference 2014

Wednesday 8th October
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk
Free

BRICK Workshop 05

Thursday 9th October
East Belfast Network Centre, 55 Templemore Avenue, Belfast, BT5 4FP
£15.00

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The Magical Imagineer

Saturday 11th October
Enniskillen Castles Museum
Normal Admission Charges Apply

Remarkable Trees of Minnowburn

Saturday 11th October
Minnowburn
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Taming Nature

Saturday 11th October
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Red Squirrel Day

Saturday 11th October
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free, Red squirrel activities – adult £3, child £1.50

Make a Bird Table or Feeder

Saturday 11th October
Carnfunncok Country Park
£2.75 per adult, £2.25 per child

Autumn Festival at Crawfordsburn Country Park

Sunday 12th October
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Apple Press Day

Sunday 12th October
Ardress House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Sunday 12th October
Carnfunncok Country Park
£2.00 per sheet

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Autumn Pumpkinfest and Scarecrow Pageant

Saturday 18th October
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Ghost and Gourds Weekend

Saturday 18th October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Seed Gathering Saturday

Saturday 18th October
Bashfordsland Wood & Oakfield Glen. Carrickfergus,(Meeting at Red Fort Park / Bradford Heights entrance)
Free

Fungal Walk

Sunday 19th October
Carnfunncok Country Park
Free

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Joint Links 2014 Conference

Wednesday 22nd October
Beardmore Conference Centre, Glasgow
£30 – £45

Nocturnal Nature Tour

Thursday 23rd October
Crom, Co–Fermanagh
Adult £10, Child £5

Storytelling by the Fire

Friday 24th October
Florence Court
Adult £15

Coastal Walk at Kearney

Saturday 25th October
Ards Peninsula
Adult £3, Child £1.50

Pumpkins and Potions

Saturday 25th October
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Haunted Hezlett

Saturday 25th October
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Adult £6, and Child £6

Hallowe’en Fest and Craft Fair

Sunday 26th October
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Autumn Walk

Sunday 26th October
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Mini Haunted Hezlett

Sunday 26th October
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Adult £5, Child £5

Spooky Halloween Treasure Haunt

Sunday 26th October
Carnfunncok Country Park
£2.00 per treasure haunt

The Emergence and Spread of Modern Humans

Monday 27th October
Elmwood Building, Queens University
Free

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Mexican Day of the Dead

Thursday 30th October
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Halloween Extravaganza

Friday 31st October
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Tickets £3.50 per adult/ child/senior & student. Under 2’s go free. Group ticket for 5 admissions – £15.00.

Hallowe’en at The Festival of Light

Friday 31st October
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £7.50, Family £30

Weekends in November – Festival of Light

Friday 31st October
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £7.50, Family £30

 
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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.