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Solway Coast Area Events for April/May 2014

The Solway Coast AONB is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of designation in 2014. Look out for events and activities throughout the year and join in with conserving this unique and special area. For details contact; or phone 016973 33055.

Adopt a Nestbox

Join the RSPB, Natural England and the Solway Wetlands team for a fun packed day of birdy activities. Drop in anytime to help Natural England make nestboxes to create homes for wildlife on Solway National Nature Reserves, and try your hand at the Golden Egg trail. Learn more about our feathered friends with the RSPB on a special “Birds for Beginners” walk, starting at 2pm. No need to book: just turn up. Free of charge.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 10:30 to 15:30


RSPB Campfield Marsh (1.5 miles west of Bowness-on-Solway) CA7 5AG

This event is FREE

No booking required - just come along!

Wildlife Taster Day: Mosses

Become an expert in a day and join botanist Keith Watson for a crash course into the world of moss. Learn what makes these plants special and how to identify them. Come face to face with all different types and find out why they are so important to the Solway. This is the first in a series of Wildlife Taster Days running through the year. The day is suitable for complete beginners and novices alike, and are ideal for adults and older young people interested in delving deeper into the wildlife of the Solway and North Cumbria. Bring a packed lunch, a drink and wear layers, a waterproof coat and wellies. The day involve both indoor sessions and outdoor fieldwork.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 10:00 to 16:00


RSPB Campfield Marsh (1.5. miles west of Bowness-on-Solway) CA7 5AG

This event is FREE

Book this event

Booking essential

Contact the Solway Wetlands team at or on 016973 33055 to book your place.

Reptiles of the Solway

The Solway mosses are ideal habitats for some of the UK's most beautiful and fascinating creatures: reptiles. Join Nicola Evans from Natural England on a walk to look for shy and elusive adders and common lizards on Glasson Moss. Bring warm and waterproof clothing and wear wellies as the route terrain can be wet and peaty.

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 10:00 to 12:00


Glasson Moss: contact us for meeting place details

This event is FREE

No booking required - just come along!


Save the date! The great Solway Bioblitz is taking place this summer. A Bioblitz is a race against time to record as much wildlife as possible within 24 hours. Wildlife experts and the public will be joining forces to explore and investigate the area west of Bowness-on-Solway on the shores of the South Solway, with basecamp at RSPB Campfield Marsh and the Solway Wetlands Centre. The event brings together the combined forces of Natural England, the RSPB, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and the Solway Wetlands Landscape Partnership and takes in saltmarsh, grassland, gravel pits and Bowness Common peat bog. It is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Watch this space for more details...

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 19:00 to Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 19:00

This event is FREE

No booking required - just come along!

Marsh fritillaries at Finglandrigg Wood

Join Steve Doyle from Butterfly Conservation on this walk to see Cumbria's rarest butterfly on the wing at Finglandrigg Wood National Nature Reserve..

Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 11:00 to 14:00


Finglandrigg Wood NNR parking layby, on the B5307 between Kirkbampton and Kirkbride

This event is FREE

No booking required - just come along!


Please keep a look out for Projects and Events with the Solway Wetlands Partnership Scheme. There will be workdays on different sites, but also more volunteering opportunities on various projects.

To be kept up to date with these please phone: 016973 33055 or email:


To book contact

Or telephone 016973 33055

NB: AONB Officers and those who lead walks and activities on their behalf cannot accept any responsibility for any injuries or losses incurred by any other person whilst taking part in any activities organised by or on behalf of the AONB.

Please also note that walks will only take place if three or more people attend. So please phone the day before the walk to book a place.

Tel: 016973 33055 and ask for Graeme Proud or email

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