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.


DateVenue/ProjectDescription 
    
Tuesday 2nd June

INVASIVE WEED REMOVAL MAWBRAY BANKS

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 Rosebay Willow Herb. There will be individual weed wipes available, gloves, eye protectors and other equipment needed. Please bring suitable clothing and footwear and a packed lunch. Meet at Mawbray Yard Car Park off the B5300 at 10.30am.

 

FRIDAY 5TH JUNE

KIDNEY VETCH SURVEY AND PLANTING AT WOLSTY BANKS

Meet at Wolsty Banks Road End Car Park at 10.30am. We will survey and hopefully plant some locally sourced kidney vetch along the dunes here. All tools will be provided. Please wear suitable clothing.

 

WEDNESDAY 10TH JUNE

MILEFORTLET PATH: GORSE AND SCRUB REMOVAL

We will be carrying on with the scrub clearance and weed removal in and around the historic Milefortlet 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 12th  JUNE

 GUIDED NATTERJACK TOAD  AND BIRD WALK ON GRUNE POINT

 Meet at the Discovery Centre in Silloth at 10.15am, or the 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 17TH JUNE

BRING A FRIEND LITTER PICKING EVENT

 

This litter picking event will take place at the beach at Newtown Road End Car Park. 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 two hours and commences at 10.30am.

Meet at Newtown Road End Car Park (just off the B5300 on the seaward side opposite the turn off to Newtown). All equipment will be provided but please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch.

 

 WEDNESDAY 24TH JUNE

INVASIVE WEED REMOVAL MAWBRAY BANKS

 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 Rosebay Willow Herb, some Ragwort, and thistle.

There will be individual weed wipes available, gloves, eye protectors and other equipment needed. Please bring suitable clothing and footwear and a packed lunch.

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

 

 

 FRIDAY 3TH JULY

 BIG BEACH CLEAN-UP AT ALLONBY

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. Come along and join in with this event.

Meet at the Car Park opposite the Twentyman’s shop in Allonby. We will be litter picking towards Dubmill Point. All equipment will be provided, but please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

The project will last for approximately two hours and commences at 10.30am.

 

 

 TUESDAY 7TH JULY

 

 WANDER ON WEDHOLME

 We will explore the peatland wildlife of this remarkable National Nature Reserve. Meet at Wedholme Flow Car Park, on the road between Wigton and Kirkbride. Grid Ref:NY238538. Bring lunch, wellies and wet weather gear. Ample parking. Meet at 10.30am and finish roughly 1.00pm. Please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch. Rough terrain.

 

 FRIDAY 10TH JULY

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.

 

 THURSDAY 16TH JULY

 INVASIVE WEED REMOVAL WOLSTY BANKS

 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 Rosebay Willow Herb, some Ragwort, and thistle.

There will be individual weed wipes available, gloves, eye protectors and other equipment needed. Please bring suitable clothing and footwear and a packed lunch.

Meet at Wolsty Road End Car Park off the B5300 (opposite Wolsty turn off) at 10.30am.

 

 WEDNESDAY 22ND JULY

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 2-3hours and some ground is uneven.

 

 TUESDAY 28TH JULY

 MILEFORTLET PATH GORSE AND SCRUB REMOVAL

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

 

 WEDNESAY 5th AUGUST

HAY MAKING AT CROSSCANONBY CARR NATURE RESERVE

As part of our ongoing management of this Reserve we will be carrying out haymaking of the cut grass which allows the wildlife to flourish in this special small reserve. Please meet on site at 10.30am or on the Reserve Car Park off the B5300. All tools will be provided, please bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing.

 

 FRIDAY 28TH AUGUST

HAY MAKING AT CROSSCANONBY CARR NATURE RESERVE

 As part of our ongoing management of this Reserve we will be carrying out haymaking of the cut grass which allows the wildlife to flourish in this special small reserve. Please meet on site at 10.30am or on the Reserve Car Park off the B5300. All tools will be provided, please bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing.

 

 

 THURSDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER

 BIRD AND NATTERJACK SURVEY GRUNE POINT

 Meet at the Discovery Centre in Silloth at 10.15am, or on the 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.

 

 

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.