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. In 2018 CBDC and the Solway Coast AONB invited local people to help discover more about the natural history of the Solway.
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A group of volunteers were recruited and through a series of guided walks and training sessions begun to develop their wildlife identification skills and start recording what they saw.
Between April 2018 and July 2019 CBDC received over 1,000 records from the volunteers covering 585 species and some volunteers even undertook personal projects including mapping native bluebells.
To be a good recorder requires practice and one objective for the project was to link the volunteers into other recording activities so they could continue their learning. As a result volunteers have joined the Get Cumbria Buzzing project, CBDC recording days and are taking part in the National Plant Monitoring Scheme.
CBDC is producing information and an small exhibition about the project and what the volunteers have found.