Coastal Guardians News

Ardglass Shore Clean Funded by Live Here Love Here Saturday 22nd September 2018

Created on: Thursday, 06 September 2018. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

Join us for the next phase of the "extreme" clean-up of the coastline between Ballyhornan and Ardglass, funded by Live Here Love Here. On this occasion the focus of our clean-up will be the bays of the inner harbour at Ardglass. Clean-ups will be carried out by volunteers on foot and in kayak. Beginning at the outermost bays of Ardglass harbour, Phennick Point, volunteers will work their way back towards the Strangford Road. Litter collected will be transferred across the harbour by volunteers in kayaks for collection and...

Bird Nest Surveying on Strangford Lough with The National Trust

Created on: Friday, 15 June 2018. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

On Tuesday 12th June 2018 SLLP staff took part in a bird nest survey with Strangford Lough National Trust rangers.

Cormorant, Tern and Gull nests were all surveyed throughout the lough. Landing on the island with cormorant breeding colony was a bit like landing on a different planet. With large nests spread out all along the top of the shore made from seaweed, grasses and twigs. We observed some nests with eggs and others with chicks of all sizes and stages of development, almost prehistoric looking in appearance! An amazing sight!

The highlight of the day was the special...

Volunteers Needed For Butterfly Monitoring At Killard Nature Reserve

Created on: Friday, 15 June 2018. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

🦋 Volunteers needed! ðŸ¦‹

Would you be interested in helping to monitor butterflies at Killard Nature Reserve, situated to the south of Strangford near to the mouth of Strangford Lough.

2 beaches and a 3km walk in a stunning location - what's not to like?

Full training can be given, previous experience not esssential!

For further information please contact Killard Nature Reserve - butterfly walking group FB page Killard Nature Reserve - butterfly walking group

Clean Coasts Week Clean-up and Forage Session

Created on: Friday, 15 June 2018. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

As part of Clean Coast Week 1 -10th June 2018

Local conservation and wildlife expert David Thompson gave a wild foraging demonstration. A really informative and enjoyable way to spend an afternoon!#liveherelovehere #wildfood #strangfordlough

Down Cruising Club Take Part in Clean Coasts Week 2018

Created on: Friday, 15 June 2018. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

As part of Clean Coasts Week 2018 , Down Cruising Club partnered with Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership to clean up not only the shoreline around their club but also neighbouring Rainey Island. We had a fantastic number of club members volunteered on the day to make this clean up a huge success. Collecting over 25 bags full and various larger items of marine litter.

Many thanks to Down Cruising Club for the warm welcome and for doing their bit to keep Strangford Lough clean.

#liveherelovehere #CleanCoasts #StrangfordLough #DownCruisingClub #dogoodfeelgood

Kirkistown Cub Scouts Clean up Knockinelder Beach

Created on: Thursday, 03 May 2018. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Kirkistown Cub Scouts took part in a beach clean to clean up Knockinelder Beach, Portaferry. They worked extremely hard and managed to fill 12 black bags full of litter. They also collected and removed various lengths of rope, 1 jerry can, 1 fish box and a sheet of chip board. Fantastic effort in just one hour! Well done everyone!

Sea Changers Grant Funding Success for Ballyhornan Scout Centre

Created on: Tuesday, 24 April 2018. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

Local people play a huge role in looking after the fabulous coastline of the Strangford Lough and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sadly, even here, as well as being unsightly, litter poses a threat to wildlife and people. The Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership (SLLP) is delighted that SeaChangers has helped them and teams of local Scouts to take direct action to tackle this along beautiful Ballyhornan Beach.

The Scout Centre is just 200 metres from the beach in County Down, on the East Coast of Northern Ireland. Given its location, the centre is ideally located...


Created on: Friday, 02 March 2018. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News


In the last decade, the Big Spring Beach Clean has grown into one of the biggest gatherings of environmental volunteers in the world, visiting over 1,200 beaches and removing millions of pieces of plastic from the marine environment. An incredible 20,000 of you donate your time to help us tackle plastic pollution each spring and this year we’ll also be asking you to document and report the ‘avoidable plastics’ that you find in a mass ‘citizen science’ action. 

Sea-Changers Marine Litter fund 2018

Created on: Monday, 05 February 2018. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News



Sea-Changers raises money for a range of primarily UK based, marine conservation charities and not for profit organisations. The projects funded will achieve one or more of the following objectives:

  • To address the root causes of marine conservation threats and challenges in the UK.
  • To prevent or reduce negative impacts on UK coastal and marine environments and / or species.
  • To add to the body of knowledge about marine conservation threats and challenges in the UK.

Sea-Changers is...

Killough Coastal Path Shore Clean

Created on: Monday, 18 September 2017. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

After our very successful clean-up of a section of the Killough to St. Johns Lighthouse coastal path, we are going to go back and do a bit more. This time we will start at the lighthouse end of the coastal path. The plan would be that if we walked along the route to the point where we stopped collecting on the 2nd September, then on our way back towards the lighthouse we could lift litter as we go. There are some larger items of litter along the way but we may not be in a position to carry them back this time, so we could just focus on the smaller litter on this occasion. And there is...

Shore Clean on the coastal path from Killough to St Johns Point Lighthouse

Created on: Tuesday, 29 August 2017. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

Kayakers and others caring for the coast

Restoring the beauty of a section of the Lecale Way, from Killough to St John’s Point, is the mission for volunteers on land and at sea who will tackle the unsightly plastic bottles, cans, buckets and other litter that marrs one of the loveliest stretches of coast in Northern Ireland, on Saturday 2 September.

The team effort is being co-ordinated by the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership, working with local kayakers at sea and volunteers on land, who will collect and relay rubbish from inaccessible coves to a Rigid...