Coastal Guardians News

Strangford Lough Island Clean-up with the National Trust Rangers and Volunteers

Created on: Monday, 21 October 2019. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

On Wednesday 16th October 2019 we had the pleasure of partnering with our colleagues 

Loch Cuain Canoe Club Carry Out Clean-ups With a Difference!

Created on: Thursday, 03 October 2019. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

22 Loch Cuain Canoe club members and SLLP Coastal Guardian project volunteers, have been carrying out litter clean-ups with a difference this September. Travelling along the Quoile river and around some of the islands in Strangford Lough, the canoeists have collected litter as they go, helping to conserve and protect our waterways and island habitats. It is important to note that certain areas of the lough are highly sensitive during breeding season and the club has liaised with all relevant authorities/landowners to ensure no disturbance to breeding seals or nesting birds.

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Upcoming Event - Ardglass Shore Clean-up Saturday 24th August 2019

Created on: Friday, 16 August 2019. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

Calling all volunteers!

Join us for our annual clean-up of outer Ardglass harbour in partnership with NIFHA, NI Fishing Harbour Authority.Beginning at the outermost bays of Ardglass harbour, Phennick Point, volunteers will work their way back towards the Strangford Road collecting and bagging litter as they go. Litter collected will be transferred across the harbour by NIFHA staff in their boat.Please note that volunteers will be asked to walk out to the clean-up site across the top of the shore. In some areas the...

The Big Beach Clean 2019 20th - 22nd September

Created on: Friday, 16 August 2019. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

Do good, feel good…Be part of the WORLD’S largest movement for litter free seas, making a difference to our communities and our planet.Register an event at www.liveherelovehere.orgduring Big Beach Clean Weekend as part of the International Coastal Clean up (World Clean up Day) and we'll send you a free clean up kit! In your kit you'll also receive data cards to record the types of litter that wash up on our shores. The data is shared with Ocean Conservancy which contributes to worldwide reporting on litter levels!

Down Cruising Club Annual Shore Clean-up

Created on: Friday, 16 August 2019. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

On June 15th 

Coastal Guardians Clean-up Ballyhornan Beach

Created on: Friday, 16 August 2019. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

Many thanks to those who came along to the beach clean this morning in Ballyhornan. Although we didn't have a huge number of volunteers, those that did come were not lacking in enthusiasm and we managed to remove loads of litter from the beach, which included a large mass of tangled fishing net and line, a bicycle wheel and a duvet! The things you find on the beach!!

We also filled 6 sacks with smaller litter from the top of the beach. It is just as important to lift the smaller bits of plastic etc., as it is these that are breaking down, harming wildlife and getting into our...

Volunteers On Land and Sea Take Part In An “Extreme” Clean Of Ardglass Harbour

Created on: Friday, 05 October 2018. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

Restoring the beauty of the Sheepland Coast, from Ballyhornan to Ardglass, is the mission for the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership (SLLP) Coastal Guardian Coast Care Project. Made possible by a grant from the Live Here Love Here small grant scheme a series of beach cleaning activities have been taking place to tackle dangerous and unsightly coastal litter that mars the beauty of one of the loveliest stretches of coast in Northern Ireland. On Saturday 22nd September, volunteers on land and at sea worked together to tackle the unsightly plastic bottles, cans, buckets and other...

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! 🦋

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...

CALLING BIG SPRING BEACH CLEAN LEADERS!

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

TACKLING ‘AVOIDABLE PLASTICS’ FROM SOURCE TO SEA

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. 

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