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Rediscovering the Lost Town and Gardens of Dunluce Castle

Friday 1st May
Pat Collins reading room at Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast
Free

Spring Discover Morning

Friday 1st May
Meet at Belvoir Park Forest car park
Free

EU funding opportunities for NI

Friday 1st May
Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Stormont
Free

Bluebell walk in Nugent’s Wood, Portaferry

Saturday 2nd May
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Behind the Scenes – Bluebell Walks

Saturday 2nd May
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Spring Plant Fair at Rowallane Garden

Saturday 2nd May
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Historical Cream Tea

Sunday 3rd May
Castle Ward
Adult £16 Child £10 Member Adult £16 Child £10 Normal admission to grounds

Rare Breeds Poultry Fair

Sunday 3rd May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Dawn Chorus

Sunday 3rd May
Meet at St Patrick’s Church car park, Glendun Road, Cushendun BT44 0PZ
Free

50 Things – Go Wild at Castle Ward

Monday 4th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

May Cot Trips in Crom

Monday 4th May
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

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Dog Agility

Saturday 9th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Minnowburn Dander

Saturday 9th May
Minnowburn
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Fishery Open Weekend

Saturday 9th May
Carrick–a–Rede
Normal Admission, Members Free

Apple Blossom Day at Ardress

Sunday 10th May
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Corn Mill Bursts into Life

Sunday 10th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Spring Garden Walk in Mount Stewart

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

Spring Walk

Sunday 10th May
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Strangford Sea Safari aboard the Saint Brendan

Sunday 10th May
Strangford Lough
Adult £15, Child £5, Family £35

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Back to the Future: Local authority management of the historic environment in Northern Ireland – Learning from elsewhere

Thursday 14th May
Clifton House, Belfast
£10

Candlelit Tour

Friday 15th May
Castle Coole
Adult £15

Bats About Belfast

Friday 15th May
Meet at Lagan Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre
£5 per adult, £2 per child

Belfast Walking Tours – NWMRT

Saturday 16th May
Divis and the Black Mountain
Cost is £10. There is a family rate of £25 for up to two adults and two children.

Country Fair at The Argory

Saturday 16th May
The Argory
Normal Admission, Members Free

Spring Dunes

Sunday 17th May
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1

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Historical Cream Tea

Sunday 24th May
Castle Ward
Adult £16 Child £10, Member Adult £16 Child £10, Normal admission to grounds

Country Fair at Florence Court

Sunday 24th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Engaging Heritage with Community Planning

Wednesday 27th May
174 Trust, Duncairn Avenue, Belfast
Free

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Taste of Rathlin Island

Friday 29th May
Meet at Rathlin Harbour, Rathlin Island
N/A

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Victorian Tea Party

Sunday 31st May
The Argory
Adult £15 (includes estate admission) Member Adult £10

      
 

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.