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  
 SEPTEMBER 2015      
THURSDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER

BIRD AND NATTERJACK SURVEY -  GRUNE POINT

Meet at the Discovery Centre in Silloth at 10.15am, or on Grune Car Park at 10.30am, for a fascinating guided walk with Graeme Proud, Volunteer Coordinator. The walk will be about 2 - 3 hours in duration so please bring suitable footwear and refreshment.

 

WEDNESDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER

INVASIVE WEED REMOVAL - WOLSTY

We are hoping to remove certain invasive weeds on the dune grasslands in order that the natural grasses and wildflowers can compete and survive better.  Target species will be Ragwort.  There will be individual 'Ragforks' available, gloves and other equipment needed.

Please bring suitable clothing and footwear and a packed lunch. Meet at Wolsty Road End Car Park off the B5300 at 10.30am.

 

FRIDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER

THE GREAT BRITISH BEACH CLEAN

Join in with this National event which is organised by the Marine Conservation Society and make this litter survey a day to remember!  It looks set to be a hot and busy summer for British beaches so we need as many people as possible to help with the clean-up operation!

Meet at the Car Park opposite Twentyman's shop in Allonby at 10.30am.  All equipment will be provided but please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch.  The event will last roughly 2 hours. 

 

 WEDNESDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER

 GORSE BURNING AT MAWBRAY BANKS

 We will be burning gorse that was cut earlier this year in the place where it is now drying out.

Please come along with old clothes and suitable footwear.  Gloves and tools will be provided.

Meet at Mawbray Yard Car Park (off the B5300) at 10.30am.

 

OCTOBER 2015

 

 

 

THURSDAY 1ST OCTOBER

BRING A FRIEND LITTER PICKING EVENT

 

This litter picking event will take place at the beach at Mawbray.  This project gives us all the opportunity to encourage a friend to join in on an environment awareness day.  

We are all well aware of how important it is to improve our beaches and sand dunes and this can be quite easily achieved with a little work from us all.

The project will last for approximately 2 hours and commences at 10.30am.  Meet at Mawbray Yard Car Park (just off the B5300 on the seaward side opposite the turn off to Mawbray).  All equipment will be provided but please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch.

 

 FRIDAY 9TH OCTOBER

CROSSCANONBY SALT PANS: RESTORATION WORK

We will be carrying on with the scrub clearance and weed removal in and around the historic salt pans area.  All who wish to assist with this task should meet at Crosscanonby Carr Reserve Car Park off the B5300 at 10.30am, all tools will be provided.  Please bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing.

 

 

FRIDAY 16TH OCTOBER

 

TREE REMOVAL AT CROSSCANONBY CARR RESERVE

We will be removing some trees that have blown over towards the road up to Crosscanonby.

All tools will be provided but please wear suitable clothing and footwear.  Meet at the Reserve Car Park at 10.30am.

 

THURSDAY 22ND OCTOBER

CIRCULAR GUIDED WALK ON CAMPFIELD MARSH (RSPB RESERVE)

Meeting at the car park outside the new Wetlands Centre Barn at 10.30am near Bowness on Solway, we will lead a fascinating walk through the reserve, looking at the teaming wildlife that lives in the Solway Mosses.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring a packed lunch.  The walk will be about 2-3 hours and some ground is uneven.

 

 TUESDAY 27TH OCTOBER

 BRING A FRIEND LITTER PICKING EVENT

 This litter picking event will take place at the beach at Wolsty.  This project gives us all the opportunity to encourage a friend to join in on an environment awareness day.

We are all well aware of how important it is to improve our beaches and sand dunes and this can be quite easily achieved with a little work from us all.

The project will last for approximately 2 hours and commences at 10.30am.  Meet at Wolsty Road End Car Park (just off the B5300 on the seaward side opposite the turn off to Wolsty).  All equipment will be provided but please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch.

 

   

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: 016973 33055 ask for Graeme Proud or email

graeme.proud@allerdale.gov.uk

 

 

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: graeme.proud@allerdale.gov.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.