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 Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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The Government is advising that the risk of the coronavirus being passed on to others outdoors is considered to be low as long as people maintain social distancing.

In England you can leave your home to exercise and spend time outdoors for recreation.

Please see the governments latest advice on on access to green spaces 

When visiting the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at this time please:

  • Respect local communities and their concerns, please be aware you may need to be prepared to make the necessary decision to turn around if the area or car park looks busy, or is full, and come another time
  • The fire risk is currently very high – no fires, no barbeques, no smoking.
  • Follow the Countryside Code and always – leave no trace of your vist and put litter in the bin or take it home, keep dog’s under effective control and pick up after them.

Solway Coast AONB

The Solway Coast AONB came under full scale management in 1996. The area stretches from its easterly boundary at Floriston on the Border Esk to Maryport on the West Cumbrian Coast. Its area covers approximately 118 Sq KM. The staff and management of the Solway Coast AONB are totally committed to the area, working in partnership with the Joint Advisory Committee in order to continue the excellent work already completed to protect and enhance the area.
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Garden wildlife calendar photography competition results 📷

Thank you so much to all of you who took part in this year’s Wildlife Photography Competition. With almost 850 entries it was incredibly difficult to choose the winning 12 photographs, but the panel of judges eventually made their selection. Cumbria Wildlife Trust members recently voted for their favourite photo amongst the 12 to help us award prizes to the top three.

We’re delighted to announce the winners are;

📷 First Place – red squirrel and lavendar by Rosamund Macfarlane
📷 Second Place – wasps by John Cobham
📷 Third Place – blue tit chick by James Underwood

All of the winning 12 entries will feature in our 2021 calendar, which celebrates the amazing and varied wildlife encountered in gardens or on local walks. The calendar will make a perfect gift for all wildlife lovers. It is available to pre-order in our online shop and will be dispatched in October 👉
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One of our members, Kate is doing an online lecture on 12 August looking at lead tokens in Medieval England – those found at Holme Cultram Abbey have a starring role! See below for more details.

Archeoscan Online
The next of these presentations is planned for Wednesday 12th August at 1930 BST:
The title of the talk is: Connectivity or Control? A story of Medieval England told in Lead.

Lead tokens are rarely given a passing glance in excavation records – they’re often poorly made, unattractive and very rarely datable and so they have largely been ignored. In 2016, a large volume of lead tokens was recovered in the chapter house area of a Cistercian monastery on the Scottish Borders. When studied, it became apparent that these tokens were unusual and could be compared to others found in similar Cistercian houses in the north of England. Furthermore, they could potentially be dated and all of a sudden, these ugly, seemingly inconsequential items were telling a story about a way of life in medieval England that is nowhere else described. This is a talk that reminds us that in archaeology, sometimes it is the smallest things that can lead us on the most interesting of journeys.

Kate Rennicks will be talking to us about the lead token story seen through the lead token found at Holme Cultram Abbey.

In 2015, she was part of the digging team that recovered a large volume of lead tokens and they became the focus of her dissertation. It became apparent that these innocuous seeming items had barely been studied but they had a great story to tell and an undergraduate dissertation grew into published work earlier this year.

The presentation will start at 1930 BST on Wednesday 12th August. Cost £6. (1 hour)

The presentation will be streamed live via the Zoom platform.

To book a place for the presentation please contact Archeoscan on You will be sent instructions on how to pay and to receive your log on details for the presentation.
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Our partners – The North Pennines AONB Partnership is looking for a manager for their ground-breaking nature recovery and engagement programme, Tees-Swale – naturally connected.

Tees-Swale is led by the North Pennines AONB Partnership, with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and covers nearly 850km2 of outstanding Protected Landscape. They aim to demonstrate how — by working in tandem with our High Nature Value farmers in particular — they can conserve, restore, expand and connect priority habitats on an unprecedented scale; at the same time, this work will deliver multiple other public benefits including climate change mitigation, flood-risk management and increasing people’s well-being.

Interested? More information and apply here 👉

The post will be based in Stanhope, in County Durham, with the need for travel throughout the programme area. The postholder will be employed by Durham County Council on behalf of the AONB

Deadline for applications: 24/08/2020. Interviews will be held online on 04/09/2020

5 days ago
Get involved and join the Big #ButterflyCount! ❤️🦋
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Butterfly Conservation @savebutterflies
Just 4 days left to join the Big #ButterflyCount!

Download our free butterfly counting app or ID chart and let us know what you see. You can help save our butterflies!
2 weeks ago
@allerdale #betterwithnature
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Natural England Cumbria @NECumbria
Is it sunny where you are today in #Cumbria? Here is a purple hairstreak resting on a birch at finglandrigg National Nature Reserve @SolwayAONB, from a couple of weeks ago! Wonderful place to wander & see butterflies there, including the rare marsh fritillary. #betterwithnature
2 weeks ago
The Countryside Code ✅
Respect 💚
Protect 🙏
Enjoy ❤️
@allerdale @NENorthWest
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Solway Firth Partnership @Solwaytweets
Natural England have produced a new Countryside Code Poster for England to help people understand how they should behave in the countryside –