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Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in NI extended to 31 May

Friday, 28 April 2017

The Avian Influenza Protection Zone covering Northern Ireland is being extended until 31 May 2017, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has confirmed. 
The current Prevention Zone, which expires at 11.59pm on 30 April, provides keepers in all areas of Northern Ireland with the option to let their birds outside subject to them complying with additional biosecurity mitigation measures.Ahead of the implementation of the new Prevention Zone on Monday 1 May, Northern Ireland’s Chief Veterinary Officer Robert J Huey is reminding all bird keepers to remain vigilant.

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Guidance on Avian Influenza for Hunters

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Hunting associations and wildlife authorities should be aware that H5N8 and other avian influenza viruses might be present in waterfowl hunted during the migratory season. No human cases of the avian influenza H5N8 subtype currently circulating, or other viruses of this subtype, have been reported.
However hunters are potentially at risk of infection from influenza viruses and other avian pathogens (e.g. salmonella, chlamydia). There is no evidence that properly cooked waterfowl (or domestic poultry) can cause illness in people. Hunting, handling and dressing of shot waterfowl carries the risk of spreading avian influenza viruses to susceptible poultry.
Surveillance of wild waterfowl is an important function that hunters can perform to assist the Department of Agriculture in avian influenza controls.

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Red Grouse conservation in Ireland

Red Grouse conservation in Ireland

Thursday, 8 December 2016

The prime objective of the IRGACT is the conservation of red grouse by empowering and helping local conservation projects on the ground while working with other NGOs and Government organisations in promoting the cause at the national level.
The rural community rallied behind the Trust, with support gained from farming organisations, dog trialling clubs, gun clubs, hawking clubs, ornithologists and the rural communities.

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NI Snares Order approved by DAERA Committee

NI Snares Order approved by DAERA Committee

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Countryside Alliance Ireland and BASC has welcomed the NI Assembly's DAERA Committees decision to approve the draft Snares Order (Northern Ireland)

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Overwhelming support from MPs for grouse shooting

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

A parliamentary debate held on the 31/10/2016 in Westminster Hall triggered by a petition to ban grouse shooting (as well as an associated petition supporting grouse shooting) saw MPs voice overwhelming support for moorland management for shooting

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Countryside groups unite to demand BBC reins in Packham

Thursday, 14 July 2016

THE UK’s leading countryside organisations have joined in condemnation of Chris Packham’s latest attack on grouse moors by demanding the BBC withdraws support for the anti-shooting campaigner.

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Have you heard of the Tellus survey? It may be relevant to you.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Conducted by the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI), the Tellus survey collects geochemical and geophysical data on rocks, soil and water across Ireland.  

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Lough Neagh stakeholders agree on ‘new shared vision for a community led future’

Monday, 7 March 2016

Jenny Copleand representing Countryside Alliance Ireland in agreeing a new shared vision for Lough Neagh's future within a community led forum.
Jenny stressed the value of Wildfowling to the other delegates and continued to make the point for preservation of our rural activities on Lough Neagh during the three day event


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Update of Avian Influenza Restrictions

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Trade restrictions introduced on 12th January 2016, following the outbreak of Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI) in Fife, Scotland are being lifted with immediate effect from today, Thursday 11th February 2016.
The letter issued on 12th January 2016 detailed the restrictions put in place due to the outbreak of LPAI in Great Britain. 

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Countryside Alliance Ireland supports MEP’s decision not to review European Nature Directives

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Countryside Alliance Ireland is pleased that the European Parliament has listened to the concerns of the public and shooting community and today (2 February) voted not to review the Birds and Habitats Directives (the Nature Directives) under the Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT).

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