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Land Management

The team at the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty manages a host of sites along the coast, in an area ranging from Maryport to Silloth.

Take a look at our places to explore pages to discover the wide variety of places we care for.

These places are important not only to the UK, but internationally too – some of them have even been designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. They are vital wildlife habitats, have a positive environmental impact, and are somewhere that people want to visit.

That can sometimes be a difficult balancing act. We want people to love these spaces and to come here to discover and explore, but we need to manage that in a way which doesn’t damage the very things than make these sites so valuable and distinctive.

The Government recognises this. Many of the sites receive Higher Level Stewardship status so we receive payments to help pay for the conservation work we do.

But caring for these spaces is about more than money. The work we do on the sites wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty volunteers. Some of these dedicated locals and visitors go out in all weathers to help us manage this landscape, and get involved in the special projects which really put this area on the map.