Counterpoint: Conservation

Counterpoint: Conservation

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Details

Location

Co. Londonderry, Magherafelt, Strangford Lough

Year

1987

Date

Transmission 01/12/1987

Length

25min 48sec

Audio

sound

Format

1 inch

colour

Source

Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)

Courtesy

Department for Communities, ITV, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

Brian Black explores the issue of conservation in Northern Ireland, with interviews from experts involved in the field, followed by a studio discussion with four guests. 

The first topic is the drainage of wetlands, the resulting removal of natural vegetation having a negative impact on the wildlife in the rivers' catchment area. Dr. Karl Patridge [RSPB] notes that even mammals, such as otters, are being affected, due to fish stocks being low. Other concerns include the destruction of old bridges and buildings along the riverbanks, a loss of "our cultural heritage".

John Philips [Department of the Environment] states that any new environmental schemes would be looked at in depth, with all outcomes measured. However, Dinah Browne [RSPB] argues that it will take an extensive amount of time for the natural habitat to return to what it once was and that the economic cost is huge.

Rowan McGhie [Farmers Union], conveys the farmers' perspective on land conservation, with Dr. Arthur Mitchell [Mournes Advisory Council] stating possible ways conservationists and farmers could work together to mutually beneficial ends.

Other subjects incllude; over-fishing in Strangford Lough and raised boglands being exploited for commercial purposes. 

Notes

Counterpoint is Ulster Television's landmark current affair series, which was also broadcast to a national audience on Channel4. Series' editor, Derek Murray described Counterpoint as addressing a "wide range of social concerns which affect every family in Ulster".

Credits

A UTV production

Presented by Brian Black

Produced by Jamie Delargy

Directed by Bruce Millar and Anne Ross-Muir

Contributions also from Dr. Pat Boaden and Dr. Bob Brown. 

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