The Big Garden Bird Watch 2021

Created on: Thursday, 14 January 2021. Posted in: News

The RSPB Northern Ireland annual Big Garden Birdwatch takes place on the last weekend in January (29 – 31 January 2021).

🐦Get involved in the world’s largest wildlife survey from the safety of your own home! The whole family can get involved and enjoy the wonder of wildlife right on your doorstep.

💻Check out the RSPB’s website to register for a free pack today!

Stability and Renewal Funding for Arts and Cultural Organisations in Northern Ireland.

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

A £7.75 million funding pot has been made available to support the arts and cultural sector in Northern Ireland which has been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

The scheme aims to stabilise organisations financially to prevent closure and/or to allow continued delivery of outcomes and underpin longer-term changes.

The grants can be used to cover costs such as:

  • Deficits incurred as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • Restoration of reserves where these have been depleted as a result of COVID-19.
  • Costs of artists,...

PEACE IV Project at Portaferry’s Nugent’s Wood Completed

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

L-R: Andrew Upton (National Trust, Countryside Manager), Aaron Devlin (F.P. McCann), Hannah Lambe (AECOM Project Manager), Councillor Trevor Cummings (Mayor of Ards and North Down) and Joanne Brown (PEACE IV Officer). Image: Graham Baalham-Curry

Visitors to the recently reopened Nugent’s Wood in Portaferry can now enjoy an even better experience at the beautiful National Trust site thanks to a cash injection from the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme.

Improvements to the walking trail path and repairs to the existing stone wall have been completed, while...

Strangford and Lecale Rated 7th Best AONB in the UK!

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

In a recent survey carried out by Which?, readers were asked to rate recent visits to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  The Isles of Scilly that came top of the table. Four AONBs in the top 10 are in Northern Ireland, with Strangford and Lecale ranking 7th!

Readers rated their experience on the basis of scenery, walks, wildlife, tourist attractions, peace and quiet, and more.Read more: - Which?

Heritage Recovery Fund

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

The Heritage Recovery Fund is part of the £29million which the Department for Communities announced on 24 September to support the culture, language, arts and heritage sectors impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing the £5.5m Heritage Recovery Fund on behalf of Department for Communities to help the sector recover from the pandemic and become more resilient.

Key features

  • £5.5m fund
  • Grants of £3,000 to £250,000 for non-profit or private heritage...

National Lottery Grants for Heritage

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

From 25 November 2020 the National Lottery Heritage Fund will resume accepting applications for project grants from £3,000-£10,00 and £10,000-£100,000. They are looking for projects with emphasis on organisational resilience and inclusion.

Then, beginning 8 February 2021 they will resume accepting applications from £100,000-£250,000 and £205,000-£5m.

They will prioritise projects that:

  • • boost local economy
  • • provide job creation and encourage skills development
  • • support local health and wellbeing
  • • encourage...

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...

The CANN Project Webinar

Created on: Friday, 23 October 2020. Posted in: News

Join the CANN team for a fascinating glimpse into the life and works of Dr Brendan Dunford of the Burren Programme on working with farmers and community.

Working with farmers and the wider community in the Burren – some ideas and lessons to share

To sign up for this FREE Zoom webinar please drop us an email 4th November 9.30am to 11am

The CANN Project - Protecting habitats and species across NI, RoI and Scotland in partnership with local agencies and communities . Supported by INTERREG VA. Led by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Strangford and Lecale AONB Newsletter Autumn 2020

Created on: Wednesday, 30 September 2020. Posted in: News

Hot off the press!

The very first edition of the Strangford and Lecale AONB Newsletter, Autumn 2020. Now available online here and in hard copy!



Covid Special Enterprise Fund

Created on: Wednesday, 23 September 2020. Posted in: News

The COVID Social Enterprise Fund will support social enterprises that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The primary intention of the fund is to help social enterprises to stabilise and manage cash flow over this difficult period.


British Science Week 2021

Created on: Tuesday, 22 September 2020. Posted in: News

Grant Applications for British Science Week  March 2021 are now open

Queen's and Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership launch "Community Archaeology Toolkit" online resource

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

The Centre for Community Archaeology (CCA) at Queen’s University Belfast and Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership (LNLP) have launched a free online learning resource – the Community Archaeology Toolkit – for people interested in discovering more about how to research their local archaeological heritage.

Archaeological projects that involve community groups and local volunteers have been growing in popularity throughout the UK and Ireland over the past decade. In any normal summer the archaeologists at Queen’s would be assisting local communities across Northern Ireland to...

Arts Council re-opens Emergency fund for Arts and Cultural organisations

Created on: Tuesday, 08 September 2020. Posted in: News

Applications are being invited from small to medium scale arts and cultural organisations in Northern Ireland that have a proven track record of quality work and public engagement, supported by public funding in one of the last three financial years.

Grants of up to £25,000 will be awarded to assist organisations most in need due to loss of income or operational capacity up to 31 March 2021, enabling them to continue to develop and/or deliver activities. Organisations can also apply for funding to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current...

Final Call From SEAFLAG For Funding Applications

Created on: Tuesday, 08 September 2020. Posted in: News


South East Area Fisheries Local Action Group (SEA FLAG) invites final applications for grant aid under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Programme 2014-2020, co-funded by the European Union and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

SEA FLAG seeks applications that address one or more of the following themes:

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