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Farm Nutrient Computer Session

Tuesday 3rd March
North West Regional College – Limavady Campus
Free

Peregrines, Pesticides and Politics

Wednesday 4th March
Ulster Museum, Stranmillis Road
£1 for NIOC members, £3 for non–members

Eco–Schools 20th Anniversary Celebration Event

Thursday 5th March
Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt
Free

Lost Industrial Archaeology of the Mournes

Friday 6th March
Pat Collins reading room at Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast
Free

Northern Ireland Bat Conference

Friday 6th March
Drummond Hotel, Ballykelly
Free

Free Open Day

Saturday 7th March
Various
No charge, donations welcome

Fermanagh Places

Saturday 7th March
Florence Court, Castle Coole and Crom
No charge, donations welcome

In the Valley of Giants

Saturday 7th March
Meet at Shaw’s Bridge Car Park
Free

Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group (NIRSG) Annual Conference

Saturday 7th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, Craigavon, Co. Armagh, BT66 6NJ
£20

Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group Conference

Saturday 7th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
£20 which includes tea/coffee and lunch

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Feeling the Heat: How climate change is driving extreme weather in the developing world

Tuesday 10th March
Room 115, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast
Free

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Traditional Irish Music at Mussenden Temple

Saturday 14th March
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Adult £18, Child £18

St Patrick’s Day Festival

Saturday 14th March
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Daffodil Danders

Saturday 14th March
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Mother’s Day – Historical Cream Tea

Sunday 15th March
Castle Ward
Adult £16, Child £10

Mother’s Day Tea Party

Sunday 15th March
The Argory, Moy
Adult £15 Child £7.50 (includes estate admission)

Shamrock Shenanigans

Sunday 15th March
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Saint Patrick’s Day Walk

Tuesday 17th March
Castle Ward
Free

St Patrick’s Day at Castle Ward

Tuesday 17th March
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Leprechaun Hunt

Tuesday 17th March
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Informing Local Development Plans – Delivering certainty for communities and investors

Wednesday 18th March
Riddel Hall, Queens University Belfast, Stranmillis
£115, NIEL Members can avail of the discounted rate.

MAMBO 2 Conference

Thursday 19th March
Marine Court Hotel, Bangor
£80 + VAT

Innovation – Development, Design, Delivery

Thursday 19th March
NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB
N/A

The Irish Heritage Trust, the story so far

Friday 20th March
Pat Collins reading room at Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast
Free

Spring Book Fair

Saturday 21st March
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Rhododendron Ramble and Roast

Sunday 22nd March
Mount Stewart
Adult £15 Child £8

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Outdoor Recreation Networking Event

Friday 27th March
Greenmount Agricultural College
£15

Spring Guided Walk

Saturday 28th March
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Easter Egg Trail at Springhill

Monday 30th March
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at The Argory, Moy

Monday 30th March
The Argory, Moy
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.