About us

Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership

The Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership is a stakeholder group comprising representatives working to conserve and protect our natural, cultural and built heritage in the Strangford and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Membership is open to any individual or organisation with an interest in the AONB’s biodiversity, heritage, recreation, or sustainable tourism. Our aim is to have representation of all groups and interests across the AONB communities.

The members of the AONB Partnership work collaboratively sharing knowledge, expertise and examples of best practice; exploring ways forward for a holistic approach to the management of designated landscapes and seascapes; identifying new funding opportunities; running shared campaigns relevant to issues impacting the AONB; helping inform and communicate with local government and central government, environmental NGOs, funders, politicians and the media; influencing policies in relation to designated landscapes and seascapes; developing and identifying opportunities for shared learning; contributing to the preparation of the AONB Management Action Plan by providing advice, guidance and support to staff; and supporting the involvement of the community in the management of the AONB.

Are you committed to conserving and enhancing the Strangford and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)? Do you represent a local interest group or organisation? If so please keep an eye on our website, ezine and social media channels for our next call for new members.

Organisations represented on the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership are:

  1. Ards and North Down Borough Council
  2. British Trust for Ornithology
  3. County Down Rural Community Network
  4. Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
  5. Historic Environment Division – Department for Communities
  6. Legends of Lecale Peninsula
  7. National Trust – Strangford Lough
  8. Nature Friendly Farming Network
  9. Newry Mourne and Down District Council
  10. Northern Ireland Environment Agency
  11. Northern Ireland Environment Link
  12. Royal Yachting Association NI
  13. Strangford Lough Tourism Cluster
  14. SportNI
  15. The Portico of Ards
  16. True Harvest Seeds
  17. Ulster Farmers Union
  18. Ulster Wildlife
  19. WWT – Castle Espie