Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Funding Opportunities

Created on: Monday, 04 November 2019. Posted in: News

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. We do this by funding the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society. 

The Foundation supports work that focuses on the arts, children and young people, the environment, food and social change.

Learn more about the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation grant scheme and how to apply here

Strangford Lough Bird Watching Event

Created on: Monday, 04 November 2019. Posted in: News

image credit - Mark Carmody 'Shore Birds of Ireland - The Collins Press' Mark Carmody PhotographyDo you know your Shelduck from your Brent Goose? Or your Curlew Redshank? Whether the answers are yes or no...this is the event for you! Come along to this free event and enjoy the spectacle of the over-wintering bird population on Strangford Lough under expert guidance.Join us on Saturday 30th November at 10.45 for a bird-watching session with local naturalist, ecologist and wildlife guide David Thompson @WildAboutToursLearn about...

Report Your Squirrel and Pine Marten Sightings here

Created on: Wednesday, 30 October 2019. Posted in: News


Please Report Your Sightings!

Report sightings to: (time & location)

Toby Edwards, Area Ranger, Mount Stewart, National Trust

T: 07876651477   Twitter: @NTRangerToby

Or Judith Caldwell, Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership T:07548159835

Or online at



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National Biodiversity Network Atlas for Northern Ireland

Created on: Wednesday, 30 October 2019. Posted in: News

The NBN Atlas Northern Ireland is a free online tool that provides a platform to engage, educate and inform people about the natural world. It will help improve biodiversity knowledge, open up research possibilities and change the way environmental management is carried out in Northern Ireland.

Discover species distributions, images and descriptions. Map layers of data and find out what species have been recorded in your area. CEDaR has supplied over 1.2 million local species records.

Learn more and submit your sightings

The Road Safety Trust-Funding

Created on: Wednesday, 30 October 2019. Posted in: News

The Road Safety Trust is inviting charities, local authorities and community groups to apply for a new £120k fund aimed at improving road safety.

Road Safety Trust’s Small Grants Funding Programme has launched to help improve road safety at a local level. Individual projects will be awarded between £10k and £30k and should have a practical purpose with the aim of trialling or testing ways to improve road safety.

Applications are open until 20 December, and projects applying for funding should have the potential to be brought to scale – with the ultimate goal of...

Trees on the Land

Created on: Wednesday, 30 October 2019. Posted in: News

Applications for Trees on the Land are now open.

View more info on Trees on the Land 2019/20

State of Nature 2019 Report

Created on: Wednesday, 30 October 2019. Posted in: News

Follow the link to read the National Biodiversity Network State of Nature Reports 2019

A summary for Northern Ireland

A New Report on the State of Our Seas

Created on: Monday, 28 October 2019. Posted in: News

New report on state of our seas is the most comprehensive of its kind says environment chief

The UK Marine Strategy, which is led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) with input from devolved administrations including Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), means we now know more about the condition of our local marine environment than we ever did before.....more: 

ArtsEkta workshops

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

Funded by the EU PEACE IV programme, ArtsEkta are seeking to deliver 26 hours of workshops with groups of 20-25 people from each DEA withing Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area. The training can, but doesn’t have to, lead to an OCCNI Level 2 Award in learning through the Arts.

The workshops will focus on bringing cultures of the world to the group through visual arts, music or dance. At the end of the workshops the group will then put on an event. 

To learn more and register your interest please email 

Environment Strategy for Northern Ireland Open For Consultation

Created on: Monday, 23 September 2019. Posted in: News

The Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking views on the potential scope, scale and ambition of Northern Ireland’s first environment strategy. We're using NIDirect's Citizen Space to collate responses to a public discussion document on a future Environment Strategy for Northern Ireland.



Innovative Approaches to Managing the Uplands with Livestock Graeme D Campbell, Senior Beef and Sheep Technologist, CAFRE

Created on: Thursday, 19 September 2019. Posted in: News

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is offering upland farmers the opportunity to travel to Great Britain to learn about innovative approaches to managing the Uplands with Livestock. The study tour will visit upland farms in the Peak District, England.

This two day study tour will focus on farming systems which include moorland management and grazing livestock to help maintain this range of unique habitats.

This study tour is part of the Farm Innovation Visits Scheme which is being delivered by DAERA’s College of Agriculture, Food and...

Plastic Promise - Reduce Your Use with Live Here Love Here

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

We've known about the devastating impact of plastics for more than a decade. It is polluting our oceans, killing wildlife and damaging our health. Yet our consumption of plastic continues to increase!

We're not saying all plastics are bad, many serve an important purpose. It's our misuse of plastic that is the problem.

Let's put an end to throwaway plastics!

Make your Plastic Promise as an individual, community group or organisation and reduce your plastic footprint. Small...

DAERA funding to connect people with nature

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

DAERA funding to connect people with nature

Date published: 12 August 2019




EU Swim Project Water Quality App live!

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

For all you wild swimmers out there! You can now check the water quality before entering the water on this app from the EU swim project. Although there are no beaches included within this AONB, nearby beaches include Ballyholme, Ballywalter and Newcastle. 🏊‍♀️

When observing wildlife please keep your distance!

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

Lets raise awareness! Whales and dolphins need their personal space too! DAERA is part of a partnership to highlight how you should record & report disturbances of whales & dolphins More info at…/watch-out-for-dolphins-when-you-ar…/ #rudetointrude Whale and Dolphin Conservation WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre Police Service of Northern Ireland

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