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:

Rural Micro Capital Grants Scheme 2020 launches

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

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Grants of £200- £1500 available now!

This Scheme is funded under the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme.   The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2020 has been designed to:

  • Help rural community-led, voluntary groups to address local issues of access poverty, financial poverty and social isolation; and
  • Improve the lives of rural communities, and in particular the...

Food For Life Get Togethers in Newry, Mourne and Down Area

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

Food for Life Get Togethers connects people through the power of good food  from growing, cooking and eating.  We invite applications from schools, churches, care settings, growing and community groups. Our eligible test and learn regions are Newry, Mourne and Down, Fermanagh and Omagh and Belfast District Council areas. These events can be virtual or socially distanced using Government Guidelines. We are offering small grants of £150 from June 2020 to April 2021.  The closing date for the next round is 11th September 

Covid 19 Funding

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

Dear All

See below for your attention:

Call 2 COVID Call is fully allocated and closed on the system.

CALL 3 is open on 8th September 2020 and will close on 12:00noon, 30th September 2020:
• Support Programme for the Tourism Events and Arts Sector
• Tourism Marketing
• Christmas Illuminations
• COVID-19 Recovery (Subject to funding becoming available)
Application and guidance notes can be reviewed online using the link:
The link can be...

Investing in Nature Friendly Farming Webinars with the RSPB and the Nature Friendly Farming Network

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

During summer 2020 the RSPB teamed up with the Nature Friendly Farming Network to provide two seminars on:

'How to secure a profitable future in farming' and '

'Why we should invest in nature-friendly farming'

These webinars demonstrated how a...

AONB Lockdown Help for Farms to Become More Resilient

Created on: Wednesday, 02 September 2020. Posted in: News


AONBs Lockdown Help for Farms to become More Resilient
The management teams of the Ring of Gullion, the Mournes and Strangford and Lecale AONBs (Areas of Outstanding Nature Beauty) have teamed up with the Woodland Trust to invite interested members of the farming community to sign up for a farm plan project.
This is the second year of a project which is working closely with farmers to partner them in trialling a new approach to...

Brent Geese are back in the Lough

Created on: Tuesday, 01 September 2020. Posted in: News

Over the last week or so we have started to see the Brent Geese Branta bernicla hrota arriving on our shores.
Strangford Lough is world famous as the main arrival site for most of the Canadian population (up to 80%) of pale-bellied Brent goose. These geese travel to this area, in early autumn, in their tens of thousands from Arctic Canada to over-winter in our warmer climate.
The geese primarily feed on eel grass (Zostera) which grows in the inter-tidal sand and mudflats although they will graze in the fields neighbouring the shore.

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