UNESCO Global Geopark Open Days

Created on: Wednesday, 04 April 2018. Posted in: News

We are moving forward with plans to establish a UNESCO Global Geopark in Mourne, Ring Of Gullion AONB and Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership. To find out more, come to one of our Open Days taking place throughout the district this April. See below of more details.

Honourable Mention for SLLP Coastal Guardian Volunteers

Created on: Wednesday, 28 March 2018. Posted in: News

Dear members of Coastal Guardian Volunteers (Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership)

Congratulations! You were recently nominated for the Live Here Love Here Community Awards 2018 and I am pleased to tell you that the judges have chosen you for an honourable mention in the Newry, Mourne and Down Litter Heroes Award.

We had over 170 nominations across the 14 award categories and you can take great pride in the fact that you are one of the 28 dedicated individuals and groups who have been recogned for inspiring their communities to take part in environmental action.


Anglers help tackle alien pests

Created on: Monday, 26 March 2018. Posted in: News

While most anglers are vigilant about the risk of spreading non-native species and diseases, there is a real risk that those that aren't could accidentally spread these organisms, harming the environment and potentially damaging the reputation of the sport and the fish stocks they rely on.

To help tackle the problem, a group of young anglers are getting the latest biosecurity advice on how to look after their equipment and clothing to help reduce the spread of such non-native species.

“Invasive species pose a growing threat to our environment, economy and human health....

Live Here Love Here Small Grant Scheme Information Sessions

Created on: Tuesday, 20 March 2018. Posted in: News





The Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme takes a fresh approach to improving our local environment and building a sense of pride in our local communities.This year the Live Here Love Here team are visiting a number of locations across the country to help you with your application. Come along to hear from some successful grant recipients in your area, what the judges are looking for and ask any questions!


The Small Grants Scheme provides support to volunteer projects that: 


Seed kit applications 2018 now open!

Created on: Friday, 23 February 2018. Posted in: News

Transform an urban or unloved space with wildflowers…

Are you ready to become part of the UK’s largest wildflower initiative, by bringing people together to transform a shared space in your community with native wildflowers?

Yes! Tell me how…

Step 1: Find a shared space where you live or work (and find out who owns it!)

Step 2: Take a picture

Step 3: To apply fill in a few details, including who you plan to involve in transforming the space, and upload your picture 

Be a part of European Heritage Open Days 2018

Created on: Friday, 23 February 2018. Posted in: News

This year the theme for EHOD is ‘The Art of Sharing’ which presents an opportunity to share our heritage stories through our buildings and their connections to location and people. This can be explored through workshops, talks, tours, exhibitions, art, literature, song, dance, drama, film, food or craft.

EHOD 2018 will also be a highlight of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, an initiative of the European Commission, to promote a greater awareness of our shared cultural heritage.

Cultural heritage is the fabric of lives and communities. It is evident in...

BTO Bird Watching Workshop - Free!

Created on: Tuesday, 23 January 2018. Posted in: News

Your Local Birdlife Needs You!

Birdwatching Workshop

Sunday 11th February 2018

10am – 1pm at Ulster Folk and

Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood

Workshop runs from 10am to approximately 1pm.


Is there a cost?

The workshop is free and every attendee will receive some BTO(British Trust for Ornithology) literature including a handy garden bird identification chart.

How to sign up?
Please send an e-mail to or alternatively...

The Real Game of Thrones

Created on: Tuesday, 16 January 2018. Posted in: News

County Down’s incredible medieval monasteries, castles and tower houses, could come alive with artisan business ideas and community art from beehives and community tapestries to a medieval trail linked to the Game of Thrones theme.     

Find out more and help shape the plans. Free event.

23rd January Market House, Portaferry, 7.00pm

With Dermot MacRandal, Senior Architect, HED, Department for Communities on exciting plans for Portaferry Tower House.

 More information Tel:028 42 728886

Ulster Wildlife - Nature Skills Training Scheme

Created on: Thursday, 11 January 2018. Posted in: News

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We are delighted to have been awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to provide new training opportunities under the HLF Nature Skills NI programme.

This funding follows on from the success of the Skills for Living Landscapes and Seas Project and supports our ongoing commitment to training, allowing us to open up the opportunity for a career in the nature conservation sector to a wider range of people.

There is a skills gap in our sector and this project has enabled Ulster...

Online consent service launched for Areas of Special Scientific Interest

Created on: Tuesday, 19 December 2017. Posted in: News

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has launched a new online service for operations and activities requiring consent in Areas of Special Scientific Interest.

NIEA, which is part of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, says the new service will make consent applications more convenient, efficient and straightforward.

Head of the NIEA David Small explained: “Our Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSIs) are a unique and vital part of the natural landscape. This is why they enjoy special protections.

“A key part of NIEA’s...

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Live Here Love Here "Adopt A Spot"

Created on: Wednesday, 13 December 2017. Posted in: News

Is there an area in your community that could do with a clean up? Are you fed up of unsightly graffiti, litter and dog mess on your doorstep? Do you want to do something about it? Live Here Love Here's Adopt A Spot will help you adopt an area and look after it, for example keeping it free of litter through clean-ups. A free kit is provided to help get you started.

Volunteering is a great way to get out, meet people and feel good while making a real difference in your community. With the help of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful you will hold four clean ups a year at a time of your...

Drainage Misconnections

Created on: Tuesday, 03 October 2017. Posted in: News

House holders are being asked to “Make the right connection and keep rivers and beaches clean for everyone to enjoy”

Household drainage misconnections occur where a foul water flow is connected in errof to a surface water drain, resulting in untreated wastewater going directly to your local river and may end up on beaches. Similarly, if gutters and gulleys are wrongly connected, they will be sending clean rainwater into foul water drain, overwhelming it and causing flooding and untreated wastewater going directly to rivers and beaches.

So what can you do? The answer...

Strangford Lough Skiffie Festival 2017

Created on: Tuesday, 20 June 2017. Posted in: News

Come along and enjoy the fun and spectacle!

SeaGen Decommissioning Update

Created on: Tuesday, 21 March 2017. Posted in: News

Free Bird Watching

Created on: Tuesday, 17 January 2017. Posted in: News

The Strangford Lough & Lecale Partnerships FREE over wintering bird watch.  Guides will focus on the fantastic bird life that has made huge journeys to feed and rest here.  Booking is essential as places are limited. Call Leslie on 07715341251

10.30am on 11th February Meet in the Car Park opposite Kilclief Castle, Shore Road, Strangford, Co. Down   

No previous experience required just come along and enjoy the experience, bring binoculars if you have them and dress for the weather 

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