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.

Friday, September 10th, 2021 at 9:39am
#KMF2021 We Are Ready!

The sun has come out as the final pieces of the festival jigsaw are put into place.

What an absolutely stunning backdrop. We think this year is going to be an absolute blast.

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Friday, September 10th, 2021 at 8:32am
At Keswick Mountain Festival this weekend? Help us record the wildlife... visit CBDC website to see how. https://t.co/WWhAxrZGfk or Visit us at F05 on Saturday to get involved. @cumbriawildlife @KeswickFestival https://t.co/GQC2A5N0En CumbriaBDC photo
Friday, July 23rd, 2021 at 6:04am
@SocketedAxes @TullieHouse The Tullie Secret Garden has a juvenile or two "stranded" every year. It's parent will visit it and it will be OK. They are very noisy and the call is very poignant so it will tug at your heart strings!
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