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Management (Strategy)

Conservation Objectives Strangford Lough SAC / SPA 2003

Conservation Objectives provided by the Dept of the Environment as guidance for the managment of the Strangford Lough special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation. These Objectives are due for update and should be taken as guidance only.

Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland - Strangford Lough Proposed M.N.R. Guide to Designation 1993

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Sir Patrick Mayhew, has announced his intention to declare the Strangford Lough area on the County Down coast a Marine Nature Reserve. He has been advised on this by the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside (CNCC)* and by the staff of relevant Government Departments. Strangford Lough has been recognised as an important site for marine biology for more than a century and has been used for the study of this subject for about 50 years. In the 1980s the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland commissioned biological surveys of the shores and coastal waters of the Province. These confirmed the importance and generally good environmental status of Strangford Lough and the writer s recommended its conservation through statutory designation.

Help shape this area’s heritage and your family’s future Our waters and coast have supported people for nearly 10,000 years.

We value this area’s peaceful yet wild beauty. Our wildlife is internationally important. Farming and fishing are part of our society and our heritage. Landscape and wildlife are at the heart of our growing tourism and recreation industries. We have the potential for more renewable energy generation. Challenges and opportunities include coastal erosion, derelict buildings, litter, protecting wildlife, competition from other tourism destinations, agricultural reforms and the growing leisure industry.

Strangford Lough SAC / SPA Management Scheme, Environment and Heritage Service, May 2001

People have inhabited the shores of Strangford Lough and used its resources for 9000 years. Today local people continue to play a very important role in shaping and managing the area. The past 20 years, however, have witnessed some dramatic changes in terms of the area’s socio-economic development. This is partly because Strangford Lough, one of the most important environmental sites in Europe, is not a remote wilderness but lies within an hour’s drive of Belfast city centre.

Strangford Lough and Lecale Action Plan 2013 - 2018

Action Plan Aims Aim 1: To conserve and engage people with the built and natural heritage. Aim 2: To use Heritage to promote the health and well-being of local people and visitors. Aim 3: To build prosperity and facilitate Research and Development through the environmentally sustainable use of the heritage.

Strangford Lough and Lecale Heritage Management Strategy 2013 -2018

Strangford Lough and Lecale is outstandingly beautiful with one of the world's finest examples of drumlin hill and island landscape. It is of international importance for its marine life and coastal birds and it is renowned for its Christian and maritime heritage. The landscape, built heritage and natural environment of Strangford and lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are fundamental to the well-being and vibrancy of local communities. Our heritage attracts and interest visitors, generates wealth. For these reasons, as well as for their intrinsic value, we must work together to protect and enhance our heritage, while fostering appropriate human activities and development