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Green Recovery, Calling Cuckoos and future Agriculture Policy; hear about it all in our Northern Ireland June 20 Update

NI Network joins calls for a green recovery

NFFN Northern Ireland have joined over 40 organisations calling for a Green Post Pandemic Recovery for Northern Ireland, in a recent Letter to the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. The Network, alongside businesses, NGOs, academics and community groups made the case for a more resilient economy, increased space for nature and people and a strengthening of environmental protections. Central to this will be the development of fit for purpose agriculture and land management policies which help deliver nature friendly farming across Northern Ireland.

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Calling all farmers; submit your cuckoo records online

For many, the distinctive sound of Spring is the call of the cuckoo, a bird which can often be found on nature friendly farmland. To help gain a better understanding of the Cuckoo population in Northern Ireland, the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR) is asking people to report when they see or hear this amazing bird using their newly launched online recording facility. If you’ve been lucky enough to see or hear a cuckoo this spring, make sure to submit your record.

Agriculture Bill and Future Policy Development

Whilst the Agriculture Bill continues its progress through Westminster, it remains unclear what the future direction of travel will be in Northern Ireland; currently, there is currently no indication as to when an Agriculture Act for Northern Ireland will be in place. The NI Network continues to make the case for a transition towards a sustainable farming and land use policy as a matter of urgency, and the need for NI legislation in this area. The Steering Group have been active engaging with Ministers and officials in making the case for change and are looking forward to being involved in discussions moving forward.

 

Photos courtesy of Seán Woods and Michael Meharg.

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