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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.


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.

Strangford Lough and Lecale Action Plan 2013 - 2018

Action Plan Aims Aim 1: To conserve and engage people with the built and natural heritage. Aim 2: To use Heritage to promote the health and well-being of local people and visitors. Aim 3: To build prosperity and facilitate Research and Development through the environmentally sustainable use of the heritage.

Report on the Management of Shore-Based Periwinkle Collection on Strangford Lough and the Lecale Coast

This Report was commissioned by the Advisory Committee of the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership. It was researched and produced by Clear Direction who are responsible for its content. March 2013


A copy of this report is available in the SLLP office in Portaferry.

Archaeology Strangford A Guide

The Archaeological heritage of the Strangford Lough area is breathtaking, a 10,000 year spectrum spanning Mescolithic flint scatters and shell middens, and prehistoric tombs; early Christian raths, medieval monastries, fish traps and towerhouses; and magnificent 17th and 18th centuary estates with their mansions and designed landscapes. 

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