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Call for Strangford Lough and Lecale AONB Partnership New Members - Application Form

The Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership are seeking new members! Are you committed to conserving and enhancing the Strangford and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)? Do you represent a local interest group or organisation? Or are you an individual passionate about protecting the AONB?

This stakeholder group of representatives works together to conserve and protect our natural, built and cultural heritage in the Strangford and Lecale AONB. Membership is open to any organisation or individual with an interest in the AONB’s biodiversity, heritage, recreation, or sustainable tourism.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to play a part in the management and in protecting and conserving the heritage of the Strangford and Lecale AONB, please forward a completed application form to susan.mcclay@nmandd.org before 12pm 9th April 2021.

https://www.strangfordlough.org/images/publications/Application_SLLP_final.docx

Volunteering Expression of Interest

If you are interested in joining us please download and complete the Expression of Interest Form below or contact the Strangford and Lecale AONB & Geopark Officer on judith.caldwell@nmandd.org for further details on becoming a Strangford and Lecale Volunteer, and get involved today!

https://www.strangfordlough.org/images/publications/SL_Volunteer_Expression_of_Interest_Form_download_.pdf

Moved by Nature - Ards and North Down’s Big Calendar 2021

Ards and North Down's Big Calendar 2021 - Nature Prescriptions for Improved Health, Wellbeing and Mindfulness

Valuing nature and the outdoor environment

The importance of nature and being outdoors is proven to help people maintain positive mental health and build resilience while also improving physical health and increasing social interactions.

Sport NI, National Trust, Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership and Ards and North Down Borough Council have been working via the borough's Community Planning Partnership to consider what opportunities exist for people to benefit from outdoor learning activities within their local environment.

In 2019, an outdoor learning seminar was held at the Ed Shed at Mount Stewart with a full attendance from a significant range of outdoor recreation providers. The audience were stimulated by presentations from speakers from across the island of Ireland (north and south), Wales and Finland that focused on the overwhelming evidence of the importance of exposing children to physical activity in nature at an early stage of their development. One of the outcomes of the seminar was the development of this interactive calendar detailing the activities people can undertake outside throughout the year.

Community Planning's Outdoor Learning Workstream, works collectively to identify opportunities to improve how individuals and communities connect to nature.

How this calendar works

Each month of this interactive calendar contains information on things to do, places to explore, ideas for slowing things down and lots of links to other useful online content. The calendar focuses on the Ards and North Down area, but a few activities and places to explore from outside the boundary have been included too.

The document can be printed, but it is best viewed on a digital device due to the interactive content and quick access to additional resources.

Download the Moved By Nature Ards and North Down Big Calendar 2021

An initiative of the Big Plan for Ards and North Down. Read more about The Big Plan on the Ards and North Down Borough Council website.

Strangford and Lecale AONB Newsletter Autumn 2020

Welcome to the first edition of the Strangford and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Newsletter. Here we will bring you the highlights from recent projects, including a glimpse at some of the areas in which we work with our partners, and things to look out for in 2020/21!

EC DIRECTIVE 79/409 ON THE CONSERVATION OF WILD BIRDS STRANGFORD LOUGH SPECIAL PROTECTION AREA

Situated on the east coast of Northern Ireland, Strangford Lough is a large shallow sea lough with an indented shoreline and a wide variety of marine and intertidal habitats. The west shore has numerous islands typical of flooded drumlin topography. The Lough contains extensive areas of mudflat and also sandflats, saltmarsh and rocky coastline. This is Northern Ireland’s most important coastal site for wintering waterfowl, and it is important for breeding terns.

Children's Thoughts

This is a collection of poems written by local children inspired by their experience on the shore with writer Catherine Charley

Coastal Rowing The Narrows Challenges

In 2014, people living along the County Down coast from Donaghadee to Dumdrum, built nine coastal rowing boats (St Ayles' skiffs) as part of a revival of interest in our maritime and boat building heritage and the development of maritime tourism. Strangers soon became friends and part of a team, pooling their expertise and gaining new skills.

The Narrows Challenges Event Programme 2014

In 2014 the inaugural 'Narrows Challenges' were held on the 5th October. These races were the start of many local and international races to come. The project is a community and tourism initiative and is part of the Heritage Management Strategy for Strangford Lough & Lecale which saw local communities build and race St Ayles Skiffs.

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