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EU Birds Directive - Article 9 Derogations Annual Review

Friday, 23 January 2015

The current declarations by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht allowing for the control of certain wild bird species are due to expire on 30 April 2015.   These declarations are made by the Minister in exercising the powers conferred on her by Section 3 of the European Communities (Wildlife Act, 1976) (Amendment) Regulations 1986 (S.I. No. 254 of 1986).

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The Countryside

Consultation on consolidation of the Habitats Regulations.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

 The Department of Environment has published a consultation on proposals to make updated and consolidated ‘Habitats Regulations’.

The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 (‘the Habitats Regulations’) transpose the requirements of the EC ‘Habitats’ Directive and aspects of the ‘Wild Birds’ Directive. Since they were originally made in 1995, the Habitats Regulations have been subject to amendment on 6 separate occasions. The last set of amendments was made in 2012.


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Successful Moorland Management Day

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The Irish Red Grouse Association (IRGA) recently hosted a very successful Moorland Management Day for Farming and Wildlife on Keadeen Mountain, Co Wicklow. The location on Keadeen Mountain was chosen as the award winning Grouse Conservation Project, lead by, Fr Seamus O’Neill of the Kiltegan Missionary Society with the assistance of the local sheep farmers.

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Grouse Shooting on Yorkshire Moor

Moorland management vital to this environmental asset, says Countryside Alliance

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Heather burning is an important tool of moorland management the Countryside Alliance has said, following a report that suggested the practice might contribute to global warming.
The research from Leeds University, entitled the EMBER report, suggested that heather burning on moorland, has negative impacts on peat hydrology, peat chemistry and physical properties, river water chemistry and river ecology.

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Moorland Management Demo Day

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

You are invited to a Demonstration on the variousmethods of Managing Heather for Grouse and SheepKeadeen Mountain, Rathangan, Co. Wicklow on Saturday the 27th September starting at 10.00am.

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John Deere

Rural crime prevention initiative rolled out

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Justice Minister David Ford today announced an extension to a funding package which will encourage farmers to fit security devices to their machinery. Through this package, farmers across Northern Ireland will be able to access a discount when purchasing a TRACKER device to be fitted to a tractor. In the event that the tractor is stolen, the signals emitted by the device can be used to trace and recover it.

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Barn Owl

Appeal to Country Sports Enthusiasts for Sightings as Barn Owl Numbers Plummet

Friday, 27 June 2014

 Ulster Wildlife has launched an appeal for sightings of one Northern Ireland’s most threatened birds – the barn owl.  Last year, the barn owl suffered its worst breeding season in over 30 years due to a prolonged, cold spring, and now the charity fears that numbers in Northern Ireland may have plummeted.

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Wildfowling and Recreational Sea Angling Survey

Friday, 16 May 2014

As you may be aware, the Department of Environment (DOE) is currently bringing a Marine Plan into legislation, in accordance with the Marine Act (NI) 2013.  Countryside Alliance Ireland has been working closely with the DOE and the Marine Plan Team to ensure that such legislation does not unduly hamper our members’ activities. 

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Destroy Noxious Weeds Now

Monday, 12 May 2014

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) reminds farmers and landowners of the need to destroy noxious weeds.


Under the Noxious Weeds (Northern Ireland) Order 1977 ragwort, thistle, dock and wild oat are defined as noxious weeds and landowners have a legal responsibility to prevent the spread of these weeds. Owners and occupiers of land are also reminded that ragwort (also called ragweed or benweed) is poisonous and may cause illness and even death to livestock.

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CAI Attend Wildlife Crime Meeting Hosted by Minister Durkan

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan yesterday pledged to improve how Northern Ireland tackles wildlife crime.  The Minister hosted a summit attended by almost 30 organisations, including CAI, to ensure a better way forward.
CAI has been actively involved with The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) since its inception in Northern Ireland and currently chair the poaching sub group.  

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