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John Blair to host launch of badger report.

On Tuesday 7th March CAI understand John Blair MLA will host the launch of what we are told is the USPCAs Badger Report in the Long Room at Stormont. Which is quite surprising given the fact the Partnership Against Wildlife Crime Northern Ireland badger subgroup normally produce their own report…

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Wild Justice petition fails to take flight

Yet again, Wild Justice have shown their unique talent for wasting government time. The target, woodcock. A debate on a petition to limit the shooting season for woodcock took place in Westminster Hall on the 27th Febuary 2023. MPs from across the house took part, and the majority’s feelings were…

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Controlled prescribed burning

Land owners and managers usually carry out prescribed burning from mid-March to mid-April, because weather and ground conditions best suit the work. However, prescribed burning if carried out incorrectly can be one of the causes of wildfires that then requires Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), PSNI, Northern Ireland…

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Non-toxic shot must be used on Forestry Service leases from April 23

Forest Service Northern Ireland have written to a holders of a shooting licence agreements to inform them that non-toxic ammunition is to be used in all shooting activities on Forest Service land from the 1 April 2023 and licence agreements will be updated to reflect this position. All lease holders…

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Dunnyboe Target Club DSC 1 course 21st-23rd April 2023

With deer having no natural predators, the UK deer population is believed to be at its highest for 1,000 years and with an increasing population and range of wild deer throughout Ireland, deer management has never been more important. Deer are estimated to cause more than £8.8 million of damage…

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Ferret hunter sought for Rathlin island in £4.5m RSPB Cull

In what must be one of the most unusual job adverts seen here in Northern Ireland, a bird protection charity RSPB is seeking a ferret hunter for Rathlin island off the north coast. The role of the new island resident, who will be employed for up to five years, will…

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Changes to NI General Licenses

After consideration of the consultation responses, a summary of which can be found here and available bird population data, DAERA have now issued interim amended licences for January and February 2023 while stakeholder engagement concludes. The new licenses can be found here https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/wildlife-licensing The main changes are as follows: Herring…

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Illegal to possess lead shot within 100m of a wetland in 2023

On Thursday 3rd September 2020 the EU Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Committee approved a proposal to ban lead shot over wetlands, within 2 years. This proposal was then ratified by the EU Council making the proposal an EU law. Once ratified, the regulation came into force…

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RSPB must not use raptor persecution reporting as a political tool to attack rural communities

Countryside Alliance Ireland has warned the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RPSB), not to use its annual report of incidents of illegal raptor killings as a ‘political tool to attack rural communities unjustly’. In Northern Ireland, one incident was confirmed in 2021, when the total for the whole…

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Minister to highlight economic impact of NI firearms licensing crisis

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots MLA has agreed to support organisations challenging the poor performance of the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s (PSNI) Firearms and Explosive Branch (FEB). Minister Poots gave his backing during a meeting with the Northern Ireland Firearms Representative Group (NIFRG), which represents nine national…

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