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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.