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Big Beach Art

Tuesday 1st August
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 4th August
White Park Bay
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Go Batty at Ardress House

Friday 4th August
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Car Bazaar

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

Music by the Lough

Saturday 5th August
Crom
Adult £10

Kite Festival at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Saturday 5th August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hen Harrier Day

Saturday 5th August
Glenariff Forest Park
Free

Lazy Sundays

Sunday 6th August
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Music Series

Sunday 6th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Capturing Our Coast: Volunteer Training Course Northern Ireland

Sunday 6th August
Coastal Zone, Portrush

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Bug Detectives

Wednesday 9th August
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 11th August
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Batty Bonanza

Friday 11th August
Springhill Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

50 Things at Kearney

Saturday 12th August
Kearney
Adult Free, Child £3

CraftFest 2017

Saturday 12th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Family Fun Day

Sunday 13th August
Springhill Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Bumblebee ID Training

Sunday 13th August
St Patrick’s Primary School, Glenariff
Free

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Wildlife Trackers – August at Mount Stewart

Wednesday 16th August
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

Batty Chat at Crom

Thursday 17th August
Crom
Adult £8, Child £4, Family £20, Member Adult £8, Child £4, Family £20

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Geo–Bot Day

Saturday 19th August
Bloody Bridge
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Downhill’s Secret Garden

Saturday 19th August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Inishowen, County Donegal – Drystone Walling

Saturday 19th August
Inishowen, Co Donegal
Free

Open Day Ards Allotments

Saturday 19th August
Ards Allotments
Free

Whale Watch

Sunday 20th August
Portmuck, Islandmagee
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Leave No Trace Awareness Course

Wednesday 23rd August
Derrygonnelly Field Studies Council
£45

Leave No Trace Trainers Course

Thursday 24th August
Derrygonnelly
Resident (Camping): £135

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Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 27th August
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Honey Show

Sunday 27th August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Sizzling Summer BBQ Day

Monday 28th August
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 28th August
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

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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.