Coastal Guardians News

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 Awareness Raising Panels Installed

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

Funded by the the NIEA Environment Fund panels have been installed at Portaferry (Cook St Quay), Island Hill, Whiterock and Minerstown Beach.

These panels remind visitors and those wishing to access the water of the protected status of the area and its habitats and species. 

"Welcome to this special place, we hope you enjoy it and will help us to look after it!"

Online Adventure WiSe course

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

The online Adventure WiSe course is a new course presented as part of the WiSe Scheme suite of professional practitioner courses. The aim of the WiSe Scheme has always been to promote responsible wildlife-watching, through training, accreditation and raising awareness amongst boat operators, adventure/wildlife guides, dive boat operators, etc.

The new Adventure WiSe course has been developed to be the WiSe Scheme professional standard for:

  • • Sea kayakers
  • • Wild swimmers
  • • Coasteering practitioners
  • ...

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)

DAERA Marine Wildlife Stranding Protocol

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

DAERA publish Marine Wildlife Stranding Protocol

DAERA Marine and Fisheries Division is the statutory body responsible for protecting the marine environment and its associated species.

This protocol has been developed to provide advice and information for DAERA staff, other competent authorities, environmental bodies and members of the public in relation to dealing with live and dead stranded marine wildlife 

Healthy Oceans, Healthy Minds with Live Here Love Here

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

"Take key actions that contribute to the health of our seas and inland waterways that in turn benefits people’s health and wellbeing."

The Live Here Love Here team  have developed a new, exciting campaign called Healthy Oceans, Healthy Minds

Over the next month Live Here Love Here will be running a number of online activities for you to get involved in, including webinars, social media content, storytelling, blogs and more. Please click here to download our full events programme; where you can read more about each of the speakers and register for the free sessions.

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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...

Teamwork in Ardglass keeping the shores litter free!

Created on: Tuesday, 29 October 2019. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

On Saturday 24th August, Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership (SLLP) brought volunteers together with the NI Fishery Harbour Authority to tackle the unsightly marine litter that had accumulated in the bays around Ardglass Harbour.

Working with local people, using innovation and teamwork across communities, clubs, local councils and local businesses, SLLP’s Coast Care project aims to tackle dangerous and unsightly marine litter along the coast of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). PJ Gault, Chairperson of SLLP Stakeholder Committee said “The success of this...

Strangford Lough Island Clean-up with the National Trust Rangers and Volunteers

Created on: Monday, 21 October 2019. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

On Wednesday 16th October 2019 we had the pleasure of partnering with our colleagues 

Loch Cuain Canoe Club Carry Out Clean-ups With a Difference!

Created on: Thursday, 03 October 2019. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

22 Loch Cuain Canoe club members and SLLP Coastal Guardian project volunteers, have been carrying out litter clean-ups with a difference this September. Travelling along the Quoile river and around some of the islands in Strangford Lough, the canoeists have collected litter as they go, helping to conserve and protect our waterways and island habitats. It is important to note that certain areas of the lough are highly sensitive during breeding season and the club has liaised with all relevant authorities/landowners to ensure no disturbance to breeding seals or nesting birds.



Created on: Tuesday, 24 September 2019. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

Could you help out with a Coastwatch survey? 

The 2019 survey is running until October 15th!

The Coastwatch Survey is designed to give an overview of the state of the coast. It involves volunteers from all walks of life checking their chosen 500m stretch of coast (survey unit) once around low tide, and jotting observations down on the survey questionnaire while on the shore.

All the information can be found here:

Upcoming Event - Ardglass Shore Clean-up Saturday 24th August 2019

Created on: Friday, 16 August 2019. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

Calling all volunteers!

Join us for our annual clean-up of outer Ardglass harbour in partnership with NIFHA, NI Fishing Harbour Authority.Beginning at the outermost bays of Ardglass harbour, Phennick Point, volunteers will work their way back towards the Strangford Road collecting and bagging litter as they go. Litter collected will be transferred across the harbour by NIFHA staff in their boat.Please note that volunteers will be asked to walk out to the clean-up site across the top of the shore. In some areas the...

The Big Beach Clean 2019 20th - 22nd September

Created on: Friday, 16 August 2019. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

Do good, feel good…Be part of the WORLD’S largest movement for litter free seas, making a difference to our communities and our planet.Register an event at www.liveherelovehere.orgduring Big Beach Clean Weekend as part of the International Coastal Clean up (World Clean up Day) and we'll send you a free clean up kit! In your kit you'll also receive data cards to record the types of litter that wash up on our shores. The data is shared with Ocean Conservancy which contributes to worldwide reporting on litter levels!

Down Cruising Club Annual Shore Clean-up

Created on: Friday, 16 August 2019. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

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