The National Trust is celebrating their longest running appeal, which is responsible for looking after 800 miles of coastline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Launched in 1965, the Neptune Coastline Campaign this year marks its 50th anniversary and the National Trust is encouraging people to get outdoors this summer and celebrate the beautiful coastline with them.
In Northern Ireland the conservation charity owns, maintains and cares for over 22%, over 100 miles of our coastline and provides habitats for wildlife, access to beaches, dunes and coastal paths for visitors and locals who want to enjoy the beautiful scenery while enjoying a stroll.
Phil Davidson, National Trust Wildlife and Countryside Adviser said: “Thanks to our supporters we have acquired local and internationally renowned coastal sites, such as Carrick-a-Rede, Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site, Strangford Lough (Northern Ireland’s first Marine Conservation Zone) and Murlough National Nature Reserve.
“It is now a huge responsibility for us to manage these coastal landscapes and we will continue to need the support of our members, volunteers and supporters in 2015 and beyond as we look ahead to the next fifty years.
“Throughout 2015 we will be running a series of special coastal events from bio-blitz’s at Murlough National Nature Reserve and White Park Bay to sea safaris on Strangford Lough and even a whale watch at Portmuck. We’re also hosting a coastal art exhibition at Castle Ward.
“Enjoy the great outdoors this summer and explore our incredible coastline, with wind-swept walks on miles of coastal paths, summer picnics amongst the sand dunes, rock pooling along the shore and surfing for the more energetic.”
The charity’s top five locations to visit this summer is Murlough National Nature Reserve, Strangford Lough, the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick a Rede rope bridge and Portstewart Strand.
All stunning locations with beautiful coastal views and providing habitats for hundreds of sea creatures and birds, and one was even home to giant Finn McCool.
For more information or to volunteer with the charity please visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/