About Lecale Conservation

What is Lecale Conservation?
Lecale Conservation is an ongoing campaign begun in 2007 by local people to safeguard the natural and built heritage of Lecale. 
Some of the issues tackled so far include: 
  • threats to the biodiversity of the Sheepland Coast
  • disturbance to Minerstown's common seal colony
  • water quality of the Quoile River
  • a planned prevalence study into bovine TB which would involve the culling of 1,000 badgers
  • the need for a local biodiversity officer
  • wildlife crime
  • sustainability and management of the new Lecale Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 
Where is Lecale?
Lower and Upper Lecale stretch from the sand dunes of Murlough eastwards to the Strangford Narrows and from Inch Abbey and Finnebrogue southwards to St. John's Point.
What is special about Lecale?
With its immense variety of coastal, wetland and woodland habitats and distinct, gorse-clad hills Lecale's biodiversity is unrivalled in Northern Ireland. The same can be said of its early Christian, Norman and Mediaeval history.