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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!

Welcome to Coney Island Beach

Welcome to Coney Island Beach - your home for the holidays but the home of many different kinds of wildlife all year round! Please help us to protect our special places.

A Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Plan for Strangford and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Strangford Lough Marine Protected Area

In October 2017, Outdoor Recreation NI (ORNI) was commissioned by Strangford Lough and LecalePartnership to develop -‘A Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Plan for the Strangford and Lecale Area of Outstanding NaturalBeauty (AONB) and Strangford Lough Marine Protected Area (MPA)’.

Funding for the project was provided from both Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs - Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Sport Northern Ireland. In addition to these organisations the project steering group was comprised of representatives of Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs – Marine and Fisheries Division, Newry, Mourne And DownDistrict Council and Ards and North Down Borough Council.The study area covers the Strangford and Lecale AONB including the Strangford Lough Marine Protected Area. The area measures approximately 52,553 hectares and is located within the jurisdiction of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Ards and North Down Borough Council. A large part of the area is water, hence, recreation on or close to the water is a key focus of this report.

 Full document and separate Executive Summary can be downloaded here:-

Sport NI Report Skiffie Worlds 2016

Report on Skiffie Worlds that took place in the Quoile estuary July 2016

STRANGFORD LOUGH SAC/SPA CONSERVATION OBJECTIVES

Strangford Lough is not a static system, but is subject to natural change both in terms of its biological communities and its geomorphology.  The conservation objectives are designed to accommodate the dynamic nature of the site.  In overall terms, Strangford Lough was deemed to be in Favourable Condition at the time of its designation.  This does not rule out setting targets that will enhance the condition of any feature or sub-feature.

Archaeology Strangford Activity Sheets iSpy Around the Lough

As you are driving around the lough why not play iSpy with a difference. The castles, abbeys and estates make Strangford special - but almost every where you look there are all sorts of clues to how our ancestors used the lough and its landscape. Have a go at these iSpy Activity Sheets

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