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Make a nest box for your garden at our nest box building workshop.

Created on: Thursday, 06 February 2020. Posted in: News

Make a nest box for your garden!

Join the Strangford and Lecale team and Woody for a nest box building workshop as part of National Nest Box Week.

Attendees will get a chance to make their own nest box and bird feed to bring home and use.

National Nest Box Week takes places from 14-21 February 2020 and it’s a chance for you to encourage birds in your garden to come home to roost! The idea behind the week is to encourage us all to put up nest boxes in our local areas, not only to protect the wildlife we already have, but to enable even more birds to brood...

GSNI Science Strategy (Public Event)

Created on: Tuesday, 04 February 2020. Posted in: News

Learn more about the science and research undertaken by the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and have your say in its future strategy.

The world has changed since the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland was established in 1947; climate-change and the need for its mitigation and adaption combined with the increasing demands for low carbon energy, raw materials and water presents a series of challenges and opportunities for GSNI.

To help meet these new societal challenges and opportunities, GSNI is developing a new...

Record habitats on CEDaR Online Recording!

Created on: Tuesday, 04 February 2020. Posted in: News

When recording species information on the CEDaR website, it is now possible to record the habitat type. The habitat tab is now available in the Spatial Reference section of the record submission page. Here you will find a drop down list of broadscale habitat types. By selecting one of these, a second list of more detailed habitat descriptions will appear.

By recording habitat type alongside species records it will ultimately help to inform broader scale ecosystem management.

Record your species sightings here:

https://www2.habitas.org.uk/records/home 

Free Digital Growth Programme

Created on: Tuesday, 04 February 2020. Posted in: News

Local Councils Launch Free Digital Growth Programme to Help Small Businesses

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has joined forces with Ards and North Down Borough Council to launch a Digital Growth Programme to support the development of micro and small businesses in the regions.

This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014 -2020) Programme.

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Training for Social Enterprise in Ards and North Down

Created on: Tuesday, 04 February 2020. Posted in: News

Are you a Social Enterprise or thinking of setting up a Social Enterprise in Ards and North Down?Come along to our series of workshops that will help you plan ahead to develop and grow your social enterprise.To register please contact Mary on 028 9061 0826 or by email: mary@workwest.co.uk

Free trees for schools and communities in your area!

Created on: Tuesday, 04 February 2020. Posted in: News

Stand up for trees in your community and apply for a Woodland Trust tree pack today here 

Get involved in Red Squirrel Conservation

Created on: Tuesday, 04 February 2020. Posted in: News

Our red squirrels are under threat from habitat loss, food competition with the non-native invasive grey squirrel which also spreads diseases that further knock back our native reds. You can help by joining people like you who are helping to save our reds by working together in local squirrel groups. These community groups are taking direct action to improve the habitat suitability for reds. NI currently has 15 Red Squirrel groups who work with the eNGOs & DAERA along with local landowners securing the future of the red squirrel. Want to get involved or find out more? Find details...

County Down Rural Community Network Training Calendar 2020

Created on: Tuesday, 04 February 2020. Posted in: News

FUNDING - HINTS AND TIPSThe training workshops on Funding - Hints and Tips for Community organisations, are taking place on Monday 3rd and Thursday 6th February,(details of time and venue below). This is a FREE training event open to all community and voluntary groups within the Newry Mourne and Down Council area. Places are limited so please phone contact the office as soon as possible to secure your place.

Live Here Love Here Small Grant Information Session - Ards and North Down

Created on: Tuesday, 04 February 2020. Posted in: News

Calling all Ards and North Down Borough Council residents! Join us on the 26th February in Londonderry Park, Newtownards at 6.30pm to learn more about our Small Grants Scheme! We'll be going through the application process step by step and we'll also hear from some previous local grant recipients. RSVP to Ciara at ciara.laverty@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org #smallgrants

Live Here Love Here Small Grant Information Session - Newry Mourne and Down

Created on: Tuesday, 04 February 2020. Posted in: News

Do you live in and around Newry, Mourne and Down District Council ? Do you have an exciting idea for an environmental project to benefit your local community? Or do you want to make a difference but not sure where to start? Why not come down to our information session in the Newcastle Centre on 25th February at 6pm to find out more about our Small Grants Scheme! To RSVP contact Ciara at ciara.laverty@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org #smallgrants

Dragons in the Hills Project Officer

Created on: Tuesday, 04 February 2020. Posted in: News

We are pleased to report that we have a vacancy for a part time role as 'Dragons in the Hills' Project Officer who will be based in Northern Ireland, with 

Leave No Trace Training

Created on: Tuesday, 04 February 2020. Posted in: News

Through the community planning process, the National Trust, Ards and North Down Borough Council, The Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership along with Sport NI are working together to co-deliver on an action to: “Increase opportunities for outdoor recreation due to the diversity of options available e.g. mountain biking, family cycling, horse riding, running, walking etc.” To help deliver on this it is recognised that outdoor learning plays a key role.

As such the partners have arranged Leave No Trace training for representatives of organisations and clubs involved locally...

New Telephone Numbers

Created on: Friday, 31 January 2020. Posted in: News

Council Telephone Numbers will change from 24 January 2020

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is announcing new telephone numbers from 24 January 2020 to make it easier for residents across the district to get in touch with the services they need.

All existing telephone numbers will start to change from this date including the Council’s main contact number, which will change to 0330 137 4000.

New service numbers will also be introduced through January and February. We are currently implementing a...

AONB Calendar 2020 Now Available!

Created on: Friday, 20 December 2019. Posted in: News

The AONB Calendar for 2020 is now available! Get one while you can!

Calendars are available free of charge from local post office counters within the Strangford and Lecale AONB. There is limited stock, so be quick! Available from Friday 20th December.

 

They are also available at Downpatrick and Newtownards Visitor Information Centres and reception at Down Civic Centre.

 

Strangford Lough Marine Protected Area Stakeholder Workshop

Created on: Friday, 13 December 2019. Posted in: News

SLLP have teamed up with King's College London student, Constance Schéré to deliver a Strangford Lough stakeholder engagement event. Do you work, live or play in, on or around Strangford Lough? If so then we would really value your participation in this project and want to hear from you! Constance is researching ‘To what extent does governance play a role in how effectively a marine protected area in the Irish Sea reaches its biological and socioeconomic goals? In other words, does governance influence or determine whether or not an MPA is successful?’ To develop a scorecard...

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