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  
DECEMBER 2015

 

 

 

TUESDAY 1ST DECEMBER

MAWBRAY BANKS SCRUB REMOVAL

 

As part of the management of this Site of Special Scientific Interest, we will be removing some of the invasive scrub and gorse over the next few months.

Please meet at Mawbray Yard Car Park at 10.30am off the B5300. All tools will be provided but please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch.

 

WEDNESDAY 9TH DECEMBER BEACH LITTER PICK ALLONBY

Come along and join in with this litter pick meeting on the Car Park opposite North Lodge (last car park in Allonby towards Silloth direction).The project will last for approximately two hours.

All equipment will be provided but please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch.

 

TUESDAY 15TH DECEMBER

 

WOLSTY BANKS REMOVAL OF HAWTHORN

As part of the management of this Site of Special Scientific Interest, we will be removing some of the invasive trees and scrub over the next few months.

Please meet at Wolsty Road End Car Park (opposite the road to Wolsty off the B5300) at 10.30am. All tools will be provided but please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch

 

MONDAY 21ST DECEMBER

MARYPORT TO ALLONBY PRE-CHRISTMAS WALK

Join us in a healthy walk before the Christmas excesses! Meet at the Car Park at Maryport Promenade at 10.30am. The walk will be approximately 3 hours, but there is the option of catching the local coastal bus in either direction. Please bring a packed lunch and appropriate walking gear. Children and dogs welcome, and invite your friends along.

 

JANUARY 2016  

 

 

MONDAY 11TH JANUARY

GUIDED CIRCULAR WALK FROM SILLOTH TO GRUNE POINT

 Come along and blow away those winter cobwebs on a bracing walk, starting at the Discovery Centre in Silloth at 10.00am. If you have binoculars, please bring them as there may be plenty of birdlife. The walk is roughly 7 miles with some rough ground but no hills!

Please wear suitable warm clothing and bring a packed lunch. You need not complete the whole walk if you would like to do less, but please contact the AONB Office

 

THURSDAY 14TH JANUARY

BOWNESS NATURE RESERVE GORSE CUTTING AND BURNING

 This special Cumbria Wildlife Trust (CWT) Reserve was created from gravel pits which were flooded to create ponds and woodland areas. We are helping CWT to maintain it as part of our input into the Solway Wetlands Partnership Project. It is in need of some maintenance to bring it back into a good condition and we will start with clearing out some gorse from the pathways.

Meet on site at 10.30am, we will provide all tools but please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch.

The Reserve entrance is the track approximately one mile from Bowness on Solway, after Biglands House (heading towards Anthorn) and park on the verge by the reserve entrance gate.

 

 THURSDAY 21ST JANUARY  LITTER PICK FROM WOLSTY TO BECKFOOT

 Meet at Wolsty Road End Car Park at 10.30am (opposite the sign to Wolsty on the B5300) to pick litter along the beach from Wolsty to Beckfoot. All tools will be provided but please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch.

 

 FRIDAY 29TH JANUARY

CROSSCANONBY CARR RESERVE- CLEARING FALLEN TREES

 Please meet at 10.30am, at the car park on the reserve (just off the B5300 after the turn off to Crosscanonby). We will be cutting down any trees damaged by the winds and clearing away encroaching willow in the ponds. Please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch. All tools will be provided.

 

FEBRUARY  

 

 

 THURSDAY 4TH FEBRUARY  CIRCULAR WALK AT BOWNESS COMMON

 Meet at the Barn at Campfield Marsh Reserve at 10.30 am just outside Bowness-on –Solway. From here we will walk along the boardwalks and paths to Rogersceugh Farm, where we can have a packed lunch. Please bring binoculars if you have them as bird watching could be interesting at this time of year. We can also shelter in the bird hide if the weather is not too good and watch the wildlife from there. Roughly 2-3hours. Please bring suitable waterproofs and walking boots.

 

 TUESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY

LITTER PICK NEWTON ROAD END TO BECKFOOT

 As part of our regular beach cleans, we will meet at Newtown Road End Car Park at 10.30am (seaward side off the B5300) to litter pick along the beach towards Beckfoot. All tools will be provided but please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch. 

 

 TUESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY BIRD SURVEY AND WALK AT MAWBRAY BANKS

 Join in a pleasant ramble along Mawbray Banks to discover the variety of birdlife in the dune habitat and beaches. The survey and walk should last for 1-2 hours. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear and meet at 10.30am at Mawbray Yard Car Park, off the B5300 at Mawbray village (sea-ward side). Binoculars and identification books useful!

 

 

TUESDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

BOWNESS NATURE RESERVE GORSE CUTTING AND BURNING

 This special Cumbria Wildlife Trust (CWT) Reserve was created from gravel pits which were flooded to create ponds and woodland areas. We are helping CWT to maintain it as part of our input into the Solway Wetland Partnership Project .It is in need of some maintenance to bring it back into a good condition and we will start with clearing out some gorse from the pathways.

Meet on site at 10.30am, we will provide all tools but please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch.

The Reserve entrance is the track approximately one mile from Bowness on Solway, after Biglands House, (heading towards Anthorn) and park on the verge by the reserve entrance gate.

 

   

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.