Articles tagged with: family fun

Know Your Coast

Created on: Tuesday, 09 March 2021. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News

NIFHA and Ulster Wildlife are bringing the coast to the comfort of your home!
Register now: 

Four online talks about community and environment at the coast of County Down. Please register now using the zoom link above, read more about each event and share using the FB link below.

All events are at 10am on Saturdays.

Part 1: From local to global and back (13/03)

Part 2: Our Living Seas (20/03)

Part 3: What a waste! What now? (27/03)

Part 4: Be inspired and get involved (10/04)

Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey

Created on: Monday, 01 June 2020. Posted in: News

There is growing acknowledgement of the importance of biodiversity in the wider countryside. Butterfly populations are an excellent way to monitor the health of an environment.

Follow the link to seehow you can help from May to September


Stay Local, Stay Apart, Stay Safe, Leave no Trace

Created on: Thursday, 28 May 2020. Posted in: News

Strangford Lough & Lecale AONB Team is encouraging people to carefully consider how they enjoy the outdoors. We all have a pent-up desire to get outside especially now we can meet in groups of six or less whilst maintaining social distancing. However, we want everybody to have a safe and healthy visit to the outdoors.
It is important to remember that your favourite places will probably not be at full operating capacity for example many car parks and toilets remain closed.
Strangford Lough & Lecale AONB Team is advising people to ‘Stay local, stay apart, stay safe and...

Useful links for Home Schooling with an Environmental Theme

Created on: Monday, 20 April 2020. Posted in: News

Listed below are just a few of the many environmental education FREE resources available online. All can be used at home or in your garden. Why not use this time learning at home to discover your natural environment, in your garden or outdoor space!

Make a nest box for your garden at our nest box building workshop.

Created on: Thursday, 06 February 2020. Posted in: News

Make a nest box for your garden!

Join the Strangford and Lecale team and Woody for a nest box building workshop as part of National Nest Box Week.

Attendees will get a chance to make their own nest box and bird feed to bring home and use.

National Nest Box Week takes places from 14-21 February 2020 and it’s a chance for you to encourage birds in your garden to come home to roost! The idea behind the week is to encourage us all to put up nest boxes in our local areas, not only to protect the wildlife we already have, but to enable even more birds to brood...

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...

Down Cruising Club Annual Shore Clean-up

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

On June 15th 

Free Environmental Workshop - Delamont

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

A date for your diary! A free drop-in environmental workshop is coming to Delamont 23rd August. An excellent opportunity for all budding environmentalists!

for more information please contact Danielle Begley on: or call 0300 013 2233 Ext 3092

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...

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...

Delamont Country Park

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

Delamont Country Park

At last, those long Summer days have returned, why not spend them in the sunshine with lots of fresh air and fun at Delamont Country Park. Delamont is situated on the shores of Strangford Lough and is made up of 200 acres of open parkland and woodlands.

The Fabulous New Adventure Playground is suitable for all abilities from toddlers to teenagers, with aerial runways and challenging slides to be conquered.

We offer a family fun packed calendar of events during the summer season, so come along and enjoy an afternoon of Magical Storytelling...

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...


Created on: Friday, 02 March 2018. Posted in: Coastal Guardians News


In the last decade, the Big Spring Beach Clean has grown into one of the biggest gatherings of environmental volunteers in the world, visiting over 1,200 beaches and removing millions of pieces of plastic from the marine environment. An incredible 20,000 of you donate your time to help us tackle plastic pollution each spring and this year we’ll also be asking you to document and report the ‘avoidable plastics’ that you find in a mass ‘citizen science’ action. 

National Lottery "thank you" Campaign

Created on: Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Posted in: Projects News

Join us in Portaferry for the National Lottery "thank you" Campaign 15th December 11 am Term & Conditions apply 

Terms & Conditions

  • The offer is valid on 15th December 2017  from to 1.00pm
  • All National Lottery games qualify for free tours including tickets from any National Lottery draw based game or National Lottery Scratch Card. Proof of a ticket can be paper or digital
  • One National Lottery ticket provides free tour for a family of up to six
  • Organisers have the right to refuse participation in the unlikely...
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