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Northern Ireland considering culling badgers
£4 million research programme to be commissioned

Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has responded to recent criticism from the Ulster Farmer's Union (UFU) of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (DARD) policy on badger culling as a means of countering the spread of bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) by confirming that controlling the disease is a 'key priority'.

Ms O'Neill stated that “We are investing around £4million to commission a programme of TB and wildlife research and studies towards the ultimate aim of eradicating TB in cattle. We will use the evidence produced by this programme to inform a comprehensive approach that deals with all aspects of TB and will help to reduce the level of disease in cattle.”

“We already have a rigorous EU Commission approved eradication programme in place. We also need to build a sound evidence base to underpin further interventions in cattle and/or wildlife that could help to reduce TB as part of our eradication programme.” the Minister added.

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Thousands take part in annual bee count

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 Over 280,000 bees have been recorded so far in this year’s Great British Bee Count, with more than 15,000 people taking part. One nature lover in Surrey even spotted and photographed a rare long-horned bee, which is a UK priority species for conservation. Verified sightings will be shared with academic researchers and ecologists.

To take part, download the app from: https://www.foe.co.uk/bee-count

Photo © Chris Brown  

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Pet oxygen masks now carried by all East Sussex fire engines

Two charities have teamed up to ensure all fire engines in East Sussex carry a specialist pet oxygen mask as part of their standard practice. Smokey Paws raises money for the kits via public donations, company sponsorships and fundraisers, but has now joined forces with the RSPCA to help roll the scheme out across the UK.