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.


Image © SolwayCoastAONB.org.uk

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.

A small exhibition about the Solway Nature Network project was due to be shared in venues in the area in the Spring of 2020.  Unfortunately, due to CoVid19 this was not possible.

DOWNLOAD: Solway Nature Network Species Report here (PDF).

This project has been supported by a grant from Cumbria Community Foundation and the Robin Rigg Community Fund.  Additional funding for field identification books was given by The Hadfield Trust.

Thursday, May 20th, 2021 at 5:33am
Finally! While the rest of the UK flowering season is well under way, it's taken until yesterday to see my first Early Purple Orchid of 2021 in #Shetland. Growing in a serpentine fell field, they're always tiny, but share their home with other special plants, like Moss Campion. https://t.co/GYBQp2nHwZ CumbriaBDC photo
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 at 8:18am
Buglife Webinar Happening Now. Showcased Get Cumbria Buzzing's successful biodiversity improvements of our Highways' verges. They can prove Better Management = more pollinators + lower maintenance costs. @cumbriawildlife, @Buzz_dont_tweet @TullieHouse
Monday, March 22nd, 2021 at 1:09pm
So this little friend found recently in Dumfriesshire turns out to be Dinocheirus panzeri, a first for Dumfriesshire and to the whole SWSEIC area. Thanks to @PseudoscorpUK for identifying the specimens. https://t.co/MsNsST0UVz CumbriaBDC photo
Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 at 6:20am
Important article as Cumbria drafts its Local Nature Recovery Strategy https://t.co/7nMfP9Ejxb