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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

Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland - Strangford Lough Proposed M.N.R. Guide to Designation 1993

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Sir Patrick Mayhew, has announced his intention to declare the Strangford Lough area on the County Down coast a Marine Nature Reserve. He has been advised on this by the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside (CNCC)* and by the staff of relevant Government Departments. Strangford Lough has been recognised as an important site for marine biology for more than a century and has been used for the study of this subject for about 50 years. In the 1980s the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland commissioned biological surveys of the shores and coastal waters of the Province. These confirmed the importance and generally good environmental status of Strangford Lough and the writer s recommended its conservation through statutory designation.

STRANGFORD LOUGH ECOLOGICAL CHANGE INVESTIGATION (SLECI) June 2004

The establishment of kelp grids for seaweed cultivation in the 18th Century marks the first aquaculture activity in Strangford Lough. Seaweed cultivation and harvesting for soda production probably continued for over 100 years until its demise in the 1830s when it became uneconomic (McErlean 2002). This period probably represents the greatest impact on the intertidal areas of the Lough in recorded history. Experimental studies into the growth of the oysters Crassostrea gigas and Ostrea edulis by Parsons (1974) and Briggs (1978) demonstrated the suitability of Strangford Lough for oyster culture and stimulated its development in the Lough. Consequently, aquaculture in the Lough, which started in the 1970s with a few producers, focused initially on oysters (Figure 1). For example, Cuan Oysters, which was established in 1974, played an important role in the development of aquaculture in the UK by pioneering culture methods for very small hatchery-reared oyster seed. Cuan Oysters is currently the major producer of oysters in Strangford Lough, and one of the main producers in the UK, handling over 400 tonnes of oysters per annum (http://www.cuanoysters.com/seafood/index.html). Aquaculture in Strangford Lough continues to focus entirely on bivalves but now includes mussels and scallops as well as Pacific and native oysters. This section reviews the development of aquaculture since the 1970s in the context of recent ecological changes and the Shellfish Aquaculture

Help shape this area’s heritage and your family’s future Our waters and coast have supported people for nearly 10,000 years.

We value this area’s peaceful yet wild beauty. Our wildlife is internationally important. Farming and fishing are part of our society and our heritage. Landscape and wildlife are at the heart of our growing tourism and recreation industries. We have the potential for more renewable energy generation. Challenges and opportunities include coastal erosion, derelict buildings, litter, protecting wildlife, competition from other tourism destinations, agricultural reforms and the growing leisure industry.

Strangford Lough SAC / SPA Management Scheme, Environment and Heritage Service, May 2001

People have inhabited the shores of Strangford Lough and used its resources for 9000 years. Today local people continue to play a very important role in shaping and managing the area. The past 20 years, however, have witnessed some dramatic changes in terms of the area’s socio-economic development. This is partly because Strangford Lough, one of the most important environmental sites in Europe, is not a remote wilderness but lies within an hour’s drive of Belfast city centre.

WETLAND OF INTERNATIONAL IMPORTANCE, RAMSAR CONVENTION STRANGFORD LOUGH RAMSAR SITE

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.

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.

Strangford Lough & Lecale by Bob Brown

This booklet has been produced in association with the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership (SLLP) and its Turn O' the Tide programme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is part of work to help connect people with their heritage and to develop a management strategy for the Strangford and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dr. Bob Brown is a marine biologist and former Director of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Northern Ireland. He lives in Lecale and has drawn on many sources in writing this booklet, not least his own intimate knowledge of the area. Copies of this book can be collected form the SLLP office in Portaferry.

Archaeology Strangford a Guide

Strangford Lough's archaeological heritage is breathtaking, a 10,000 year spectrum spanning Mesolithic flint and shell middens, and prehistoric tombs; early Christian raths, medieval monasteries, fishtraps and towerhouses; and magnificent 17th and 18th century estates with their mansions and exotic gardens. This leaflet was produced by Strangford Lough & Lecale Partnership as part of the Turn O' the Tide project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Walks

The area around Strangford Lough and the Lecale Coast offers plenty of walking opportunities for everyone to enjoy

Geology and landscape of the Strangford and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Geology is the foundation of our landscape. Some can be seen on the surface but more is hidden beneath the topsoil or the sea. How and when the rocks were formed is measured in long periods called geological time. Strangford Lough & Lecale Partnership published this leaflet in 2013 you can pick up a copy from the SLLP office in Portaferry.

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