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.