Dragons in the Hills Project Officer

Created on: Tuesday, 04 February 2020. Posted in: News

We are pleased to report that we have a vacancy for a part time role as 'Dragons in the Hills' Project Officer who will be based in Northern Ireland, with 

Leave No Trace Training

Created on: Tuesday, 04 February 2020. Posted in: News

Through the community planning process, the National Trust, Ards and North Down Borough Council, The Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership along with Sport NI are working together to co-deliver on an action to: “Increase opportunities for outdoor recreation due to the diversity of options available e.g. mountain biking, family cycling, horse riding, running, walking etc.” To help deliver on this it is recognised that outdoor learning plays a key role.

As such the partners have arranged Leave No Trace training for representatives of organisations and clubs involved locally...

New Telephone Numbers

Created on: Friday, 31 January 2020. Posted in: News

Council Telephone Numbers will change from 24 January 2020

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is announcing new telephone numbers from 24 January 2020 to make it easier for residents across the district to get in touch with the services they need.

All existing telephone numbers will start to change from this date including the Council’s main contact number, which will change to 0330 137 4000.

New service numbers will also be introduced through January and February. We are currently implementing a...

AONB Calendar 2020 Now Available!

Created on: Friday, 20 December 2019. Posted in: News

The AONB Calendar for 2020 is now available! Get one while you can!

Calendars are available free of charge from local post office counters within the Strangford and Lecale AONB. There is limited stock, so be quick! Available from Friday 20th December.


They are also available at Downpatrick and Newtownards Visitor Information Centres and reception at Down Civic Centre.


Strangford Lough Marine Protected Area Stakeholder Workshop

Created on: Friday, 13 December 2019. Posted in: News

SLLP have teamed up with King's College London student, Constance Schéré to deliver a Strangford Lough stakeholder engagement event. Do you work, live or play in, on or around Strangford Lough? If so then we would really value your participation in this project and want to hear from you! Constance is researching ‘To what extent does governance play a role in how effectively a marine protected area in the Irish Sea reaches its biological and socioeconomic goals? In other words, does governance influence or determine whether or not an MPA is successful?’ To develop a scorecard...

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Funding Opportunities

Created on: Monday, 04 November 2019. Posted in: News

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. We do this by funding the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society. 

The Foundation supports work that focuses on the arts, children and young people, the environment, food and social change.

Learn more about the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation grant scheme and how to apply here

Strangford Lough Bird Watching Event 2019

Created on: Monday, 04 November 2019. Posted in: News

image credit - Mark Carmody 'Shore Birds of Ireland - The Collins Press' Mark Carmody PhotographyDo you know your Shelduck from your Brent Goose? Or your Curlew Redshank? Whether the answers are yes or no...this is the event for you! Come along to this free event and enjoy the spectacle of the over-wintering bird population on Strangford Lough under expert guidance.Join us on Saturday 30th November 2019 at 10.45 for a bird-watching session with local naturalist, ecologist and wildlife guide David Thompson @WildAboutToursLearn about...

Report Your Squirrel and Pine Marten Sightings here

Created on: Wednesday, 30 October 2019. Posted in: News


Please Report Your Sightings!

Report sightings to: (time & location)

Toby Edwards, Area Ranger, Mount Stewart, National Trust

T: 07876651477   Twitter: @NTRangerToby

Or Judith Caldwell, Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership T:07548159835

Or online at



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National Biodiversity Network Atlas for Northern Ireland

Created on: Wednesday, 30 October 2019. Posted in: News

The NBN Atlas Northern Ireland is a free online tool that provides a platform to engage, educate and inform people about the natural world. It will help improve biodiversity knowledge, open up research possibilities and change the way environmental management is carried out in Northern Ireland.

Discover species distributions, images and descriptions. Map layers of data and find out what species have been recorded in your area. CEDaR has supplied over 1.2 million local species records.

Learn more and submit your sightings

The Road Safety Trust-Funding

Created on: Wednesday, 30 October 2019. Posted in: News

The Road Safety Trust is inviting charities, local authorities and community groups to apply for a new £120k fund aimed at improving road safety.

Road Safety Trust’s Small Grants Funding Programme has launched to help improve road safety at a local level. Individual projects will be awarded between £10k and £30k and should have a practical purpose with the aim of trialling or testing ways to improve road safety.

Applications are open until 20 December, and projects applying for funding should have the potential to be brought to scale – with the ultimate goal of...

Trees on the Land

Created on: Wednesday, 30 October 2019. Posted in: News

Applications for Trees on the Land are now open.

View more info on Trees on the Land 2019/20

State of Nature 2019 Report

Created on: Wednesday, 30 October 2019. Posted in: News

Follow the link to read the National Biodiversity Network State of Nature Reports 2019

A summary for Northern Ireland

A New Report on the State of Our Seas

Created on: Monday, 28 October 2019. Posted in: News

New report on state of our seas is the most comprehensive of its kind says environment chief

The UK Marine Strategy, which is led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) with input from devolved administrations including Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), means we now know more about the condition of our local marine environment than we ever did before.....more: 

ArtsEkta workshops

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

Funded by the EU PEACE IV programme, ArtsEkta are seeking to deliver 26 hours of workshops with groups of 20-25 people from each DEA withing Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area. The training can, but doesn’t have to, lead to an OCCNI Level 2 Award in learning through the Arts.

The workshops will focus on bringing cultures of the world to the group through visual arts, music or dance. At the end of the workshops the group will then put on an event. 

To learn more and register your interest please email 

Environment Strategy for Northern Ireland Open For Consultation

Created on: Monday, 23 September 2019. Posted in: News

The Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking views on the potential scope, scale and ambition of Northern Ireland’s first environment strategy. We're using NIDirect's Citizen Space to collate responses to a public discussion document on a future Environment Strategy for Northern Ireland.



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