Events

Look out for events and workdays on the website and the free publication the AONB produces, ‘The Coaster’.

In the Solway Coast AONB there is a wide range of opportunities for anyone wanting to experience interesting outdoor activities.

Volunteering is an ideal way to get out and involved and the Solway Coast Community Volunteer Group includes many individuals from schools, colleges,  groups, and locals with an interest in helping to manage this special area. Activities range from hard physical work to guided walks and the enjoyment of being part of an active and lively team.

Cycling, walking, bird watching, beach litter picks, even joining in with hedgelaying training, can provide healthy activities all year round.

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North Cumberland Style Hedgelaying

Hedgelaying combines craftsmanship and artistry and when you see an expert at work it provides admiration and awe. This is demonstrated at our Annual North Cumberland Style Hedgelaying Competition in February.

Traditional Field Boundaries

Cumbria has about 14,000 miles of hedgerow and this provides one of the most important habitats for a wide diversity of wildlife in our countryside. The reason for laying hedges is practical and simple. Hedges make excellent barriers for livestock, but not if they are gappy and sparse. A laid hedge is nearly impenetrable and will outlive any fence with minimum maintenance.

An estimated 250,000 miles of hedgerow have been grubbed out since the 1970s, along with the wildlife that depends on them. Organisations such as the National Hedgelaying Society and enthusiastic individuals have helped to keep the art of hedgelaying alive.

Hedgelaying styles are unique to different areas of Britain, and even within a county, providing characteristic field boundaries with the North Cumberland Style being a feature of the Solway Plain landscape. It is ideally carried out from late winter to early spring before the buds burst, and a billhook is the ideal tool.


Date Venue/Project Description  
OCTOBER 2016      
TUESDAY 25TH OCTOBER

 LITTER PICK AT MAWBRAY BANKS

The beach litter pick will take place at Mawbray Banks. We hope for a fantastic warm day giving us the opportunity to clear up some of the never ending litter on our beaches. Please meet at Mawbray Banks car park at 10.30am (off the B5300).
All tools will be provided but please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch

 

 NOVEMBER 2016  

 

 

SUNDAY 20TH NOVEMBER RSPB CAMPFIELD MARSH, BOWNESS ON SOLWAY, CA7 5AG

Join RSPB staff and volunteers to discover more about this fantastic wetland and the wildlife that makes its home here.

An exciting range of activities will be running throughout the day to keep wildlife explorers entertained, including bird box building, badge making, duck races, mask making and bug hunting!

Refreshments available along with book stall, plant stand and RSPB Sales.

10.30am  - 4pm
This event is free! No booking required just come along.

 

 DECEMBER 2016

 

 

 

TUESDAY 6TH DECEMBER WOLSTY BANKS HAWTHORN REMOVAL

Removal of Hawthorn/Blackthorn bushes at Wolsty Banks. This is a project that has been carried out for a number of years. This time of year allows us the opportunity to clear out some of this unwanted scrub.
All tools and equipment will be provided.
Please meet at Wolsty car park at 10.30am. Bring a packed lunch along and wear suitable clothing.

 

JANUARY 2017    

 

FRIDAY 20TH JANUARY WOLSTY BEACH LITTER PICKING EVENT

A litter pick will take place on Wolsty beach and dunes area.

Please meet at Wolsty car park on the B5300 at 10:30am. All tools and equipment will be supplied. Please wear suitable clothing.

 
TUESDAY 31ST JANUARY

MILEFORTLET FOOTPATH MAINTENANCE,

CROSSCANONBY

Footpath maintenance at Milefortlet, Crosscanonby.

Commencing at 10:30am.
All tools and equipment will be supplied. Please wear suitable clothing.

 

FEBRUARY 2017

     
FRIDAY 10TH FEBRUARY ALLONBY BEACH LITTER PICKING EVENT

A litter pick will take place from Allonby, North Lodge towards Dubmill Point.
Please meet at the car park opposite North Lodge in Allonby commencing at 10:30am.
All tools and equipment will be supplied. Please wear suitable clothing.

 
SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY

SOLWAY WETLANDS PARTNERSHIP HERITAGE FORUM

Burgh by Sands Village Hall

Come along and get involved with this fascinating delve in to the heritage of the Solway Coast. We will be looking at archaeology, traditional farm buildings, communities and a variety of other topics.
This event takes place at Burgh by Sands Village Hall from 10am - 4pm
This event is free!
Booking is essential -  info@solwaywetlandspartnership.org.uk 

 
SATURDAY 18TH FEBRUARY MAWBRAY BANKS BRYOPHYTES RECORDING TRAINING DAY

If you are puzzled or confused then this is the event for you!

A delve into the mysterious world of ferns, lichens and mosses and a fantastic opportunity to join Diane Dobson and AONB staff members on a fascinating journey.

Please meet Mawbray Banks car park at 10am

For further information please contact the AONB office on tel: 016973 33055 or www.solwaycoastaonb.org.uk

 

 

THURSDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

**CANCELLED**

ANNUAL SITE MAINTENANCE

CROSSCANONBY RESERVE

Annual site maintenance will take place at Crosscanonby Reserve clearing footpaths and carrying out boardwalk repairs along with removal of fallen trees.

Please meet on site at 10:30am. Tools will be provided.

**CANCELLED**

 
   

NB: AONB Officers and those who lead walks and activities on their behalf cannot accept any responsibility for any injuries or losses incurred by or on behalf of the AONB.

PLEASEALSO 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: 01697 333055 or email info@solwaycoastaonb.org.uk

 

ANN LINGARD WEBSITE

Ann Lingard, who used to represent the AONB Volunteers on the Joint Advisory Committee, writes articles about the Solway on the website Solway Shore Stories, www.solwayshorestories.co.uk (a website set up in 2011 with help from the AONB's Sustainable Development Fund), and posts updates and other topical Solway matters on the Solway Shore-walker blog, www.solwayshorewalker.wordpress.com. Keep an eye on the website for details of her 2017 shorewalks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Note: 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 TO BOOK A PLACE.

Tools and equipment required for work-days will be provided.

For further Details of Forthcoming Events, please phone the number below, or visit the AONB Unit, Liddell Street, Silloth, CA7 4DD, next to the Solway Coast Discovery Centre.

Phone: 01697 333055. Fax: 01697 333013.

Email: info@solwaycoastaonb.org.uk  

Please also 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: 01697 333055 or to book contact info@solwaywetlands.org.uk.