Articles tagged with: enviromental impact

Coastal Guardians Clean-up Ballyhornan Beach

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

Many thanks to those who came along to the beach clean this morning in Ballyhornan. Although we didn't have a huge number of volunteers, those that did come were not lacking in enthusiasm and we managed to remove loads of litter from the beach, which included a large mass of tangled fishing net and line, a bicycle wheel and a duvet! The things you find on the beach!!

We also filled 6 sacks with smaller litter from the top of the beach. It is just as important to lift the smaller bits of plastic etc., as it is these that are breaking down, harming wildlife and getting into our...

Help us protect our special places!

Created on: Friday, 14 June 2019. Posted in: Press Releases

Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership are asking for your help in protecting our special places!

Coney Island, a much loved, secluded beach on the Lecale Coast, is part of the Strangford Lough and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its’ habitats and wildlife are protected by several nature conservation designations, including as an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI). The beach, and all the material on it, is protected by law. Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership urges anyone who is visiting this, or indeed any other beach to think again before taking...

Stone Stacking At Ballyhornan Beach

Created on: Friday, 26 April 2019. Posted in: Press Releases

Geo Week 2019 in Strangford Lough and Lecale

Saturday May 11th 11 – 3pm at Ballyhornan Beach


Join Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership, as we celebrate Geo Week 2019 in partnership with The Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI), with this event focusing on our internationally important geological heritage.

Geology is the foundation of our landscape. The melting ice of the last Ice Age revealed the Strangford and Lecale landscape of today. Gentle rolling drumlin hills and islands, sand and mud...

Volunteers On Land and Sea Take Part In An “Extreme” Clean Of Ardglass Harbour

Created on: Friday, 05 October 2018. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

Restoring the beauty of the Sheepland Coast, from Ballyhornan to Ardglass, is the mission for the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership (SLLP) Coastal Guardian Coast Care Project. Made possible by a grant from the Live Here Love Here small grant scheme a series of beach cleaning activities have been taking place to tackle dangerous and unsightly coastal litter that mars the beauty of one of the loveliest stretches of coast in Northern Ireland. On Saturday 22nd September, volunteers on land and at sea worked together to tackle the unsightly plastic bottles, cans, buckets and other...

Ardglass Shore Clean Funded by Live Here Love Here Saturday 22nd September 2018

Created on: Thursday, 06 September 2018. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

Join us for the next phase of the "extreme" clean-up of the coastline between Ballyhornan and Ardglass, funded by Live Here Love Here. On this occasion the focus of our clean-up will be the bays of the inner harbour at Ardglass. Clean-ups will be carried out by volunteers on foot and in kayak. Beginning at the outermost bays of Ardglass harbour, Phennick Point, volunteers will work their way back towards the Strangford Road. Litter collected will be transferred across the harbour by volunteers in kayaks for collection and...

Ballyhornan Beach Litter Clean-up August 25th 2018

Created on: Wednesday, 25 July 2018. Posted in: News

SLLP Coastal Guardians Project funded by Live Here Love Here Small Grant Scheme


Following on from the great success of our "extreme" clean-up of the Killough coastal path in 2017, we are back again with assistance from Live Here Love Here small grant to tackle marine litter and clean-up more of our shores. This time we are heading to the stretch of coast between Ballyhornan and Ardglass, The Sheepland Coast. This stunningly beautiful stretch of coast is very badly littered in places. Join us on...

Strangford Lough and Lecale Big Butterfly Count

Created on: Tuesday, 24 July 2018. Posted in: News

Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership are inviting you to join us and help take part in a Big #ButterflyCount at Delamont Country Park.The Big Butterfly Count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 by Butterfly Conservation and has rapidly become the world's biggest survey of butterflies. Over 60,000 people took part in 2017, submitting 62,500 counts of butterflies and day-flying moths from across the UK.On Saturday 11th August we will be carrying...

Warm weather and fish kills triggers summer pollution warning

Created on: Tuesday, 26 June 2018. Posted in: News

Industry, landowners and farmers are being urged to take extra care during the summer months to protect our water from pollution.

Following the recent major fish kill on the River Callan in Armagh City, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has warned that lower water levels and warmer temperatures means our waterways and wildlife are more susceptible to pollution.

Tim Irwin, Head of NIEA’s Water Management Unit said: “Every living thing depends on water. It is a precious resource that is fundamental for our health, our environment and economy.


Down Cruising Club Take Part in Clean Coasts Week 2018

Created on: Friday, 15 June 2018. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

As part of Clean Coasts Week 2018 , Down Cruising Club partnered with Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership to clean up not only the shoreline around their club but also neighbouring Rainey Island. We had a fantastic number of club members volunteered on the day to make this clean up a huge success. Collecting over 25 bags full and various larger items of marine litter.

Many thanks to Down Cruising Club for the warm welcome and for doing their bit to keep Strangford Lough clean.

#liveherelovehere #CleanCoasts #StrangfordLough #DownCruisingClub #dogoodfeelgood

Minerstown Beach Litter Lift

Created on: Tuesday, 22 May 2018. Posted in: News

Litter Lift at Minerstown beach as part of Live Here Love Here Clean Coasts Week supported by Coca-Cola from the 1st June - 10th June  . It is a week of practical environmental action which takes place right across the North and South of the island and is an opportunity for volunteers to work together to help make our beaches and waterways beautiful. Last year, we joined forces with different community and sports groups throughout Northern Ireland and took part in different events to raise awareness and have a bit of fun, all while combating litter! Volunteers across the...

Kirkistown Cub Scouts Clean up Knockinelder Beach

Created on: Thursday, 03 May 2018. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Kirkistown Cub Scouts took part in a beach clean to clean up Knockinelder Beach, Portaferry. They worked extremely hard and managed to fill 12 black bags full of litter. They also collected and removed various lengths of rope, 1 jerry can, 1 fish box and a sheet of chip board. Fantastic effort in just one hour! Well done everyone!

Sea Changers Grant Funding Success for Ballyhornan Scout Centre

Created on: Tuesday, 24 April 2018. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

Local people play a huge role in looking after the fabulous coastline of the Strangford Lough and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sadly, even here, as well as being unsightly, litter poses a threat to wildlife and people. The Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership (SLLP) is delighted that SeaChangers has helped them and teams of local Scouts to take direct action to tackle this along beautiful Ballyhornan Beach.

The Scout Centre is just 200 metres from the beach in County Down, on the East Coast of Northern Ireland. Given its location, the centre is ideally located...

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....

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