Sinn Féin discuss Mournes with Wildlife Experts | Newry Times

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Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP met recently with Ulster Wildlife Trust to discuss land management in the wider Mournes area.


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The South Down MP and party colleague, Councillor Cathy Mason met with Ulster Wildlife Trust Chief Executive Jennifer Fulton and peatland expert Professor Jim McAdam to gain a better insight into the challenges and opportunities in managing environmentally fragile areas.



Mr Hazzard said, “We had a really constructive meeting about a wide variety of issues relating to land management, wildlife and the need to work in partnership with our farming and rural community.

“Going forward, it will be vital that we focus on sustainable rural life, both for the local farmer and for the local environment in order to futureproof the farming industry for years to come, encompassing the entirety of our rural communities.

“The recent wildfires in the Mournes significantly impacted the natural environment.


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“So our discussion also focused on how the forthcoming Mournes recovery plan needs to protect and enhance a wide variety of habitats in the local area.

“It is clear from best practice examples elsewhere that for such a plan to be successful it must be co-designed with central government, local farming community and conservation groups playing an active role.

“With this in mind, I am delighted that the Ulster Wildlife Trust have now invited me to visit Cuilcagh Mountain in Fermanagh to see how distinct habitats, similar to the Mournes, can be successfully managed.”




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