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 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.

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  
JANUARY 2017    

 

FRIDAY 20TH JANUARY WOLSTY BEACH LITTER PICKING EVENT

A litter pick will take place on Wolsty beach and dunes area.

Please meet at Wolsty car park on the B5300 at 10:30am. All tools and equipment will be supplied. Please wear suitable clothing.

 
TUESDAY 31ST JANUARY

MILEFORTLET FOOTPATH MAINTENANCE,

CROSSCANONBY

Footpath maintenance at Milefortlet, Crosscanonby.

Commencing at 10:30am.
All tools and equipment will be supplied. Please wear suitable clothing.

 

FEBRUARY 2017

     
FRIDAY 10TH FEBRUARY ALLONBY BEACH LITTER PICKING EVENT

A litter pick will take place from Allonby, North Lodge towards Dubmill Point.
Please meet at the car park opposite North Lodge in Allonby commencing at 10:30am.
All tools and equipment will be supplied. Please wear suitable clothing.

 
SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY

SOLWAY WETLANDS PARTNERSHIP HERITAGE FORUM

Burgh by Sands Village Hall

Come along and get involved with this fascinating delve in to the heritage of the Solway Coast. We will be looking at archaeology, traditional farm buildings, communities and a variety of other topics.
This event takes place at Burgh by Sands Village Hall from 10am - 4pm
This event is free!
Booking is essential -  info@solwaywetlandspartnership.org.uk 

 
SATURDAY 18TH FEBRUARY MAWBRAY BANKS BRYOPHYTES RECORDING TRAINING DAY

If you are puzzled or confused then this is the event for you!

A delve into the mysterious world of ferns, lichens and mosses and a fantastic opportunity to join Diane Dobson and AONB staff members on a fascinating journey.

Please meet Mawbray Banks car park at 10am

For further information please contact the AONB office on tel: 016973 33055 or www.solwaycoastaonb.org.uk

 

 

THURSDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

**CANCELLED**

ANNUAL SITE MAINTENANCE

CROSSCANONBY RESERVE

Annual site maintenance will take place at Crosscanonby Reserve clearing footpaths and carrying out boardwalk repairs along with removal of fallen trees.

Please meet on site at 10:30am. Tools will be provided.

**CANCELLED**

 
APRIL 2017      

TUESDAY 4TH APRIL

**CANCELLED**

WILL BE RE-ARRANGED VERY SOON 

WOLSTY BEACH LITTER PICK

A litter pick will take place at Wolsty beach and dunes area.
This event will last for approximately two to three hours.
Please meet at Wolsty Car park, on the B5300 at 10.30am. All tools and equipment will be provided. 
**CANCELLED**
WILL BE RE-ARRANGED VERY SOON

 
TUESDAY 11TH APRIL MAWBRAY BEACH LITTER PICK 

A litter pick will take place at Mawbray beach and dunes area.
Please meet at Mawbray car park on the B5300 at 10.30am. Tools and equipment will be provided, approximately two hours.

 

TUESDAY 18TH APRIL -

WEDNESDAY 19TH APRIL

REPLACEMENT OF POND LINER AT MAWBRAY BANKS Installation of replacement pond liner. A machine will be on site from 9am onwards to assist with the removal of the old liner, and to reshape the proposed area. If volunteers could attend from 10.30am, this would provide us with the opportunity to get the underlay down, prior to getting the new liner in place. It is anticipated that the completion will take approximately two days, hopefully the following day Wednesday April 19th

We are conscious that this work should have been carried out before this time of the year, however we thought it best to get the job done as soon as the new liner arrives, rather than leave it for a further summer season.

We would be extremely grateful if we can get a good turnout for this task. It will be hard work but well worth the effort. Every Natterjack toad on the Solway Coast will be thanking you every time you walk past their new home.
Volunteers to meet 10.30am at Mawbray Car Park.
 
 

THURSDAY 27TH APRIL

SILLOTH WEST BEACH LITTER PICK

A litter pick will take place on Silloth west beach  an opportunity again to clean our beaches before the spring, summer tourist season.
Tools and equipment will be provided. Please meet at west beach car park at 10.30am.

 

FRIDAY 28TH APRIL

SOLWAY WETLANDS LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP CLAY DABBIN EXHIBITION CENTRE

Grand Opening
Afternoon Friday 28th April
RSPB Campfield Reserve
Bowness-on-Solway

 

 Join the Solway Wetlands Team for the grand opening of the Clay Dabbin Exhibition Centre at RSPB Campfield, Bowness-on-Solway.

The clay dabbin building was constructed over the summer of 2016 by the Solway Wetlands Team, many volunteers and local school children. The exhibition tells the story of the Solway clay dabbins, their history, construction and the risks to this unique Cumbrian vernacular.

Please see www.solwaywetlands.org.uk to book your place or ring 016973 33055

Or visit the reserve anytime to look round the Clay Dabbin Exhibition Centre and enjoy all this fantastic reserve has to offer.

 
   

 

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: 01697 333055 or email info@solwaycoastaonb.org.uk

 

 

ANN LINGARD WEBSITE

Ann Lingard, who used to represent the AONB Volunteers on the Joint Advisory Committee, writes articles about the Solway on the website Solway Shore Stories, www.solwayshorestories.co.uk (a website set up in 2011 with help from the AONB's Sustainable Development Fund), and posts updates and other topical Solway matters on the Solway Shore-walker blog, www.solwayshorewalker.wordpress.com. Keep an eye on the website for details of her 2017 shorewalks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: info@solwaycoastaonb.org.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.