SWLPS - Future events from Naomi Hewitt.

Dear all,

We’ve finally had some spring like weather so here are a few things coming up in April that you might be interested in getting involved with…..


Marsh Fritillary Conservation Day
Weds 6 April, 10am to 3.30pm (drop in anytime and stay as long as you like)

Orton Moss, close to the village of Great Orton, 7 miles north east of Wigton

Come along and help one of Cumbria’s rarest butterflies, the Marsh Fritillary. These special butterflies survive on a plant called devil’s-bit scabious, and we need your help to plant some more to help them survive. Everyone is welcome, including accompanied children. 

Tools will be provided and we always have fun so come along.  Please dress for the outdoors and wear wellies.

To find the site, see the attached map clip, or visit this link to see the location marked on google maps at:



Hidden Heritage- Archaeological Survey
7th – 15th April
Grampus Heritage, our archaeological contractors, will be leading a week of archeological fieldwork around Wedholme Flow and Laurence Holme as part of the Solway Wetlands Project and are keen for any interested people to come along and get involved.

On the 7th and 8th April they will be surveying an area of Wedholme Flow peat bog, recording the identified sandstone bridge and searching for others. Meet Holme Cultram Abbey in Abbeytown at 9:30 and car share to the site- returning to the Abbey by 4pm. Please bring packed lunches, wellington boots and work clothes.

From 11th to 15th April they will be surveying the land around Laurence Holme Farm between Wigton and Kirkbride. This will start with a walkover survey and may lead to geophysical survey or cleaning and recording of features in the woodland. Parking is available on site.

Please note that the itinerary may change and therefore it’s best to contact Grampus first.  Contact Mark Graham on 016973 21516 or at mark@grampusheritage.co.uk


Clay Dabbin shelter

The first new clay dabbin build on the Solway Plain has started! The foundation work has commenced  on this very special new build, and you can see it taking shape in the wetland discovery zone next to the Solway Wetlands Centre at RSPB Campfield Marsh, 1.5 miles west of Bowness-on-Solway along the coast road. Whilst you’re there, have a pond dip- it’s the second year of existence so the froggies are croaking and the water beasties whizzing around.


Learning volunteers
Chris Spencer, our Learning and Community Officer, is recruiting for learning volunteers to help with outdoor, nature and heritage activities for children, young people and adults. No experience necessary and full training will be provided. It’s a great way to learn new skills and meet people and a variety of opportunities are available. Contact Chris on chris.spencer@allerdale.org.uk or at 016973 33055.

For more information about the project, visit our website at www.solwaywetlands.org.uk. You can also get in touch with us at info@solwaywetlands.org.uk or on 016973 33055.


We hope to see you at some point over the next few weeks!


Naomi Hewitt


Solway Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme


Solway Coast AONB Unit

Allerdale Borough Council

Liddell Street

Silloth on Solway



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