Articles tagged with: enviromental impact

DAERA Warn public not to disturb wildlife

Created on: Thursday, 29 July 2021. Posted in: News

In recent weeks visitors to the coast have enjoyed the special experience of observing marine wildlife including Harbour porpoises, dolphins, Minke whales and a Thresher shark off Rathlin Island.
However there have been a number of complaints about jet skis causing disturbance to marine wildlife. All species of whales, dolphins and porpoises (collectively termed ‘cetaceans’) are fully protected by law from disturbance, capture, injury or killing*. This means that insensitive boat handling or jet ski use that leads to disturbance or injury of protected species may lead to...

Strangford Lough Island Clean-up with the National Trust Rangers and Volunteers 2021 Funded by Live Here Love Here

Created on: Thursday, 15 July 2021. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

In what is becoming an annual event, SLLP teamed up with the Strangford Lough and Ards Peninsula National Trust Ranger team and volunteers for an 'extreme clean-up' of marine litter on the shores of Strangford Lough. Thanks to a Small Grant from Live Here Love Here, we once again tackled an “extreme clean-up” of those hard to reach stretches of shore around Strangford Lough and Strangford and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This year our chosen spot for a clean-up was National Trust owned Taggart Island, on the west coast of the lough. Despite delays and challenges...

Check, Clean, Dry - Help stop the spread of invasive plants and animals in our waters!

Created on: Wednesday, 14 July 2021. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

Invasive plants and animals from all over the world have been introduced accidentally to British waters. Over fifty different freshwater species have already been found in our lakes, rivers and other waterways, and the numbers of new arrivals is increasing rapidly.

They cause serious environmental problems that can be irreversible, find out more here, and can interfere with the activities you enjoy by clogging propellers, damaging boats, blocking up waterways making it hard to fish or use them for paddling, and increasing the risk of flooding.

They can be small and hard...

Wildlife Disturbance and Your Drone

Created on: Wednesday, 14 July 2021. Posted in: News

Image Credit NIEA Facebook page

Flying your drone this weekend -think about our wildlife! UAVs or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles can cause serious disturbance to vulnerable breeding birds and animals. Check out the new advice for drone, UAV & model aircraft pilots from The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime NI at

Always use your common sense and think about the potential impact to nearby wildlife before you fly!

Marine Litter Capital Grants

Created on: Wednesday, 14 July 2021. Posted in: News

The Live Here Love Here Marine Litter Capital Grants are being provided by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs through the Live Here Love Here collaborative partnership, involving DAERA, ten Local Councils, Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

The Marine Litter Capital Grants will support organisations and groups to purchase items to:

  • Prevent litter and plastic pollution from entering the marine environment 
  • Enhance the environmental management of a local area to reduce marine litter
  • ...

Responsible Outdoor Recreation Poster Launched

Created on: Friday, 21 May 2021. Posted in: News

Leave No Trace Ireland together with 

The Right Side of Outside

Created on: Friday, 21 May 2021. Posted in: News

Wildfires can have a destructive and lasting impact on our natural landscapes and habitats. Please be vigilant and follow this advice from the NIFRS. #RightSideOfOutside  



Get on the Right Side of Outside this Spring with WalkNI

Created on: Monday, 19 April 2021. Posted in: News

Northern Ireland’s outdoor areas and scenic spots have seen a huge increase in visitor numbers since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Whilst this interest in the outdoors is extremely positive for society, it has generated significant issues that are disrupting natural beauty spots, such as littering, dog waste, irresponsible car parking, livestock worrying, disturbance to wildlife, overcrowding and damage which can be caused by wild camping and wildfires.

A new nationwide campaign called ‘The Right Side of Outside’ which aims to generate awareness of these...

Know Your Coast

Created on: Tuesday, 09 March 2021. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

NIFHA and Ulster Wildlife are bringing the coast to the comfort of your home!
Register now: 

Four online talks about community and environment at the coast of County Down. Please register now using the zoom link above, read more about each event and share using the FB link below.

All events are at 10am on Saturdays.

Part 1: From local to global and back (13/03)

Part 2: Our Living Seas (20/03)

Part 3: What a waste! What now? (27/03)

Part 4: Be inspired and get involved (10/04)

Compost Webinar

Created on: Monday, 22 February 2021. Posted in: News

Consultation to Improve Walking & Cycling within the District

Created on: Monday, 22 February 2021. Posted in: News

Consultation on an Active Travel Masterplan to Improve Cycling and Walking within the District.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is working with Sustrans to develop an Active Travel Masterplan for the district.
The Council has launched an online public consultation to find out residents’ views on Active Travel in the district.
The Council recognises the need to move to more sustainable low carbon transport, which includes making improvements to cycling and walking infrastructure within the district area. This a 10 year plan so it is important to capture...

A Clean Air Strategy for Northern Ireland – Public Discussion Document

Created on: Monday, 18 January 2021. Posted in: News

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched a Discussion Document in advance of developing the first Clean Air Strategy for Northern Ireland.  Closing date 15 February 2021 at 17:00


The full press release from DAERA here. Minister Poots said: “Air pollution can have a serious effect on people's health. Research by the British Heart Foundation estimates that hundreds of deaths in Northern Ireland are...

Nature's Calendar with the Woodland Trust

Created on: Friday, 13 November 2020. Posted in: News

Help us track the effects of weather and climate change on wildlife near you!

What effect has recent weather had on wildlife? Does climate change affect timings in nature? Join Nature’s Calendar and help scientists discover answers to these questions.

From leaf buds bursting to blackberries ripening, let us know what’s happening near you. You'll be contributing to a long biological record that dates back as far as 1736. 

Start recording

Trees on the Land

Created on: Friday, 13 November 2020. Posted in: News


 Applications Open!

Applications for trees are now open for the 2021 planting project.

Direct Delivery of Trees:

There will be a new delivery cost of €15 added to all orders.  This will cover packing and delivery to all 32 counties as a flat fee per order.  

Deliveries will commence late-November and continue through to mid-March in order to stagger the work...

International Coastal Clean Up

Created on: Thursday, 17 September 2020. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

As National Coordinators for Ocean Conservancy, Live Here Love Here is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) this September. While the ICC will look a little different this year, our ocean and waterways need us now more than ever, and we invite everyone to #CleanOn!

The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), is the world's largest volunteer effort to remove and record trash from local lakes, waterways, beaches and the ocean. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, not only in Northern Ireland but across the world, volunteers...

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