Solway Nature Network

Much is known about the birds and Natterjack toads in the area but there is less information about the whereabouts of other plants and animals.  CBDC and the Solway Coast AONB are inviting local people to help them discover more about the natural history of the Solway. 

Join  us at one of our events.  Booking recommended.





Walk 1


18 April

Mawbray Banks, Mawbray, CA15 6QS. NGR: NY083469.

Meet at Mawbrey Yard car park on west side of coast road (B5300) opposite junction with road to Mawbray village.

Walk 2


22 April

Silloth West Beach, Silloth, CA7 4AW. NGR: NY104534.

Meet at car park on south side of Marshall Dock, Silloth

Workshop 1


3 May

Venue to be confirmed.

Afternoon visit to Mawbray Banks, Mawbray, CA15 6QS. NGR: NY083469. Coastal habitats.

Workshop 2


19 May

Venue to be confirmed.

Afternoon visit to Thornhill Moss, near Abbeytown, CA7 4TT. NGR: NY174485. Lowland mire.

Walk 3


23 May

Maryport coastal park, Maryport, CA15 8NQ. NGR: NY028355.

Meet at car park close to the junction of Hutton Place with Main road (A596) at the south-western edge of Maryport.

Workshop 3


7 June

Venue to be confirmed.

Afternoon visit to Crosscanonby nature reserve, near Maryport, CA15 6SL. NGR: NY065396. Wetland and scrub.

Workshop 4


16 June

Venue to be confirmed.

Afternoon visit to Campfield Marsh RSPB nature reserve, North Plain, near Bowness-on-Solway, CA7 5AG. NGR: NY198614. Wetland and grassland.

Walk 4


23 Jun

Wedholme Flow, near Kirkbride, CA7 5LD. NGR: NY237539.  The car park is a short way along a sign-posted track, on the west side of the Kirkbride to Wigton road, just to the south of Kirkbride airfield.

 Walks are informal ambles to have a brief look at a range of wild plants and animals to be found within that type of environment. They will last about 2 hours and are aimed at those with no or very little previous knowledge of natural history, but would like to know more! Not suitable for dogs.

Workshops are aimed at adults who wish to take their understanding of wild plants animals a bit further, including how to identify some of the species you are likely to find.

Workshop 1: Thursday, 3rd May 2018. An introduction to recording wild plants and animals. In this workshop we explore how to turn random sightings of wild plants and animals into valuable biological records, which can potentially be used for generations to come. It will, weather permitting, include a visit to a local site to do some actual recording of plants and animals that we see, and also touch on how to go about identifying them.

Workshop 2: Saturday, 19th May 2018. A further introduction to recording wild plants and animals. In this workshop we explore topics relevant to the habitat we shall visit, weather permitting. We shall look at a range of plants and/or animals that might be found in similar habitats. We shall also cover the different ways that you can record living things.

Look forward to seeing you, Stuart

For further information and booking

Contact Stuart on or  01228 618717

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