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Solway Firth Partnership
Newsletter


July 2021


 
 Wildlife Spotting on the Rhins   
The summer holidays are an ideal time for getting out and about on the Rhins of Galloway Coast and provide an opportunity to discover more about the wildlife that makes its home on our stunning coastline. Solway Firth Partnership is running an 'Explore and Record the Rhins' Project over the summer months. The project provides resources to make looking for wildlife fun for all the family as well as explaining how to add a sighting to a national database. Click here to find out more about the project.
 
A range of spotter sheets are available on the Solway Firth Partnership website here and you can either print or download to your mobile device to use whilst out and about. You don’t need any previous knowledge of wildlife just a keen eye and time to take a closer look at all the nature around you. Choose the spotter sheet for the type of seashore you are visiting and find out more about some of the amazing coastal flowers, birds, insects, lichens, and seaweeds you might see on the coast.

Nature spotting does not have to be demanding when the countryside is bursting with wildlife and many colourful flowers and insects are often easy to identify. Post photographs of the wildlife you spot on your favourite social media platform and tag them with #RhinsRecording. We will pick the best shots to feature in the Solway Firth Partnership newsletters and website.

If you enjoy watching and identifying wildlife you can help record the different species found on the Rhins of Galloway by entering your finds on iRecord. For those that want to get more involved the South West Scotland Environmental Information Centre will be offering free online training sessions in August and September to find out how to use the iRecord system of recording.
SMILE Project Ends with Launch of Online Storymap

It's hard to believe that the SMILE Project is coming to an end! 

The project may be ending but the Solway Review will continue to be available online and will even be updated with new information and data from both sides of the Solway in the future!

Click here to access the Solway Review online Storymap (best viewed on larger screens). Click here to see the YouTube videos on the project and how to use the Solway Review site. 

The Project Officer would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has gotten involved in the SMILE Project, through social media, events, presentations, in person, and online. Stakeholder engagement outputs, including the breathtaking 'Solway Photo Series' for the Cumbrian and Dumfries and Galloway coasts are available in the 'Engagement' chapter of the Solway Review, here
Rhins Revealed OnLine Produces First Guide
 
On the Rhins of Galloway there are around 1,500 archaeological sites and a new downloadable online guide has been created to complement the Rhins of Galloway Coast Path.  It provides an introduction to some of the highlights as you explore the North Rhins coastline between Stranraer and Portpatrick. The first of three guides, it is designed to enable ‘digital exploring’ of coastal archaeology prior to the completion of the new walking route.

This guide, available here, is designed to help families discover some of the evidence of thousands of years of activity by people who have made the Rhins their home. From an ancient standing stone near Portpatrick to the intricately carved Kilmorie Stone, earthworks of Iron Age promontory forts to tower houses, limekilns to saltworks and, cable house to radar station, the North Rhins has an amazing variety of archaeology to discover with the aid of the guide.

Managed by Solway Firth Partnership and produced by AOC Archaeology, the Rhins Revealed Online Project is supported by Kilgallioch Community Fund with funding from Scottish Power Renewables’ Kilgallioch Windfarm and Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Rhins of Galloway Coast Path is currently being developed. Later this year you will be able to start exploring the coast on way marked paths and mapped routes. 
In Memory of Alastair McNeill

Solway Firth Partnership staff, Board of Trustees and partners are very sad to report the passing of Alastair McNeill on 7 July 2021 after a long illness.

Alastair was one of the founding members of SFP and helped shape the organisation during its early days. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2011 and became Chair in 2014. He was directly involved in many of SFP's affairs and contributed great professional support to the organisation. Whilst leading SFP he provided a steady influence and was a source of advice and support to all the staff.

He will be greatly missed by many people for his wise counsel and leadership.

The photo shows Alastair at RSPB Campfield Marsh on a Board of Trustees site visit.
Dates For the diary

Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 August
Taste of the Sea Festival, Maryport
Lots of events including The Port Sunlight Sea Dogs singing sea shanties and comedy night at the Wave.
More information here

Until Sat 28 August
 Wild Steel Sculpture Trail
The works of Geoff Forrest will be displayed in the landscape, out on the WWT Caerlaverock wetland reserve.
More information here


Why not have a look at the SFP and SMILE Facebook pages and on Twitter where staff will post some great photos so you can see the coast from your own house!
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