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Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is asking the public to write to their local MP asking them to push for a Deposit Return System in the new litter strategy.
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) call for feedback on the initial outputs on marine planning for the North West marine plan area closes on Friday 31 March.
The SNH Commissioned Report No. 406 - Descriptions of Scottish Priority Marine Features (PMFs) is now available.
The Science team at the North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (the NWIFCA) are working on a Recreational Sea Angling Strategy and need your help!
Marine Conservation Society say "Now's the time to push Scottish Government to lead the way on tackling the plastic bottle problem".
The Green Blue launched a new wildlife guide for boaters on Friday 3 March 2017 to coincide with and celebrate United Nations’ World Wildlife Day.
The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (SSAACN) plans events for 2017.
Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Marine Planning!
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has issued an invitation to participate in the next round of marine plan workshops.
The notes and Q&A's from the conference are now available.
A leading ecological building designer has worked with six young people to create a state-of-the-art environmentally friendly bird hide at RSPB Crook of Baldoon reserve.
The Galloway Glens Scheme will be supporting a suite of projects in the landscape of the Ken/Dee Valley, from Carsphairn in the north to Kirkcudbright in the south.
A Consultation on the Long Term Management of the Crown Estate in Scotland.
Join the chilly winter nurdle hunt this February!
Allerdale Borough Council is in the process of preparing a Site Allocations Development Plan Document
(DPD) that will form Part 2 of the Allerdale Local Plan.
The Local Development Plan sets out how and where land and property will be used in Dumfries and Galloway to realise the vision for the next 20 years.
Feedback is being considered as National Grid prepares the final plan for submission to Government.
Research Assistant / Postdoctoral Research Associate sought to work on a European Commission-funded project supporting the implementation of maritime spatial planning (MSP) in the north European Atlantic.
In February 2017, the MMO will launch the next step in the development of the marine plan for the north west.
A consultation to ban microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products has launched today, aiming to change legislation by October 2017 and stop billions of tiny pieces of plastic ending up in our seas each year.
The Crown Estate in Scotland includes a diverse portfolio of property, rights and interests that influence many aspects of rural and coastal life in Scotland.
Following consultation on the issues with supporting evidence for the north west marine plan the MMO have published an issues with evidence database.
The MMO has announced the dates for European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) panels for 2017.
The formal consultation on the Solway Firth potential Special Protection Area (pSPA) which started on the 25th October 2016 will close in 8 days, on 17th January 2017.
Consultation for shaping the Crown Estate in Scotland.
The presentations given at the Solway Firth Partnership / Solway Coast AONB Joint Conference on Friday 25 November at Gretna Green, along with feedback on the event, are now available.
National Grid’s consultation on plans to connect the proposed nuclear power station at Moorside into the electricity network closes at 5pm on Friday 6 January 2017.
Remember those summer days at beaches on Scotland’s south coast?
Registration is now open for the 'From Headwater to Headland - Improving smolt survival in rivers and estuaries' conference.
National Grid has concluded its consultation events on plans to connect the proposed new nuclear power station at Moorside (Cumbria) into the electricity network. People now have until Friday 6 January 2017 to give feedback.
Following on from the drop-in session held in Kirkcudbright on Wednesday 7 December the joint formal consultation by Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage on the Solway Firth potential Special Protection Area (pSPA) continues until midnight 17 January 2017.
SACs, SPAs, SSSIs: what do they mean (and should we care)?
National Grid is staging its final round of consultation events in Cumbria this month to give people the opportunity to help shape the plans for the project to connect the proposed new nuclear power station, Moorside, into the electricity network.
The Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) Message In A Bottle campaign is calling for a Deposit Return System for plastic and glass bottles and metal cans.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Natural England are inviting views on proposals to protect important areas for marine birds in the Solway Firth.
A Blue New Deal to Revitalise Coastal Communities
Marine charity says 5p is a small price to pay for fewer carriers at the coast
A group of Glasgow University Students joined Solway Firth Partnership staff for a beach clean at Southerness.
Find out about recent work and new approaches to understanding saltmarsh processes in the context of climate change: Scotland and beyond
Coast presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff tops the bill at Solway Firth Partnership / Solway Coast AONB Joint Conference on Friday 25 November
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has published an issues database for the north west marine plan areas.
A joint formal consultation is being undertaken by Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage regarding the Solway Firth potential Special Protection Area (pSPA).
Views sought over proposals for five new offshore SPAs.
Read the first newsletter of the SIMCelt Project.
The National Grid shares details about proposals for the North West Coast Connections (NWCC) project which will be consulted on from 28 October 2016.
National Grid has announced that it will start consultation on Friday 28 October on the detailed proposals for the £2.8bn project to connect the proposed new nuclear power station at Moorside in Cumbria into the electricity network.
Book onto the free SFP / Solway Coast AONB Joint Conference with top presenter, Miranda Krestovnikoff providing the welcolm and final talk of the day.
This autumn Dumfries and Galloway Environmental Resources Centre (DGERC) will be running three free one-day courses providing an introduction to wildlife recording.
The Data and Statistics Team of the Marine Analytical Unit (MAU) would like feedback on the usefulness and quality of their statistical published outputs for sea fisheries data.
You’re invited to the Marine Conservation Society's special event in Edinburgh - "Showcasing Scottish Seas".
It has been announced that Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secetary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity will give the Opening Address at this year's SFP/AONB conference.
It has been announced that grants will be available for marine conservation projects in 2017 from Sea-Changers.
The NuGen Green Grants scheme is once again open for community projects to apply for support to help them improve the local environment close to the Moorside Project.
The Great British Beach Clean next week! 16th - 19th September
Solway Firth Partnership and the Solway Coast AONB have managed to secure top presenter, Miranda Krestovnikoff, as the guest speaker for the final address of this years joint conference.
The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (SSACN) has just published their August 2016 Outreach newsletter which is packed with news of recent activities.
Love your beach? Free 16th-19th September? Then please read on!
An MPA’s success is not just in the designation – it’s also how they are used and managed. To help with this the MMO’s conservation team launched a new MPA monitoring programme and they’ve just recorded their 100th inspection.
The Solway Coastwise Assistant, Morag Walker, has started in the post today. She will be jointed later in the month by the Project Co-ordinator. Solway Coastwise is a project which will encourage the discovery of traditional place-names, providing an insight into history/identity, and encouraging people to share the inspiring Dumfries and Galloway coastline through activities, events, electronic and printed media.
In April the MMO launched a consultation on the draft Statements of Public Participation (SPP) for the next phase of marine plans. As part of this they held a number of events across the four planning areas, to introduce marine planning and meet their new stakeholders.
The Solway Firth Partnership has appointed Emma Baruah as the new SIMCelt Project Officer, starting August 2016.
Following on from the success of workshops held in May the 'Capturing Our Coast' or CoCoast Project is running another Train the Trainer event on 26th to 29th August 2016 at Millport Marine Station, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland.
Join RSPB Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway Environmental Resource Centre (DGERC) as they take part in the National Whale and Dolphin Watch on Friday 29th July, 1.00pm - 3.00pm.
As part of the Fishing for Litter Initiative's education activities, the project is supporting the KIMO UK’s ‘Pick Up 3 Pieces’.
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) have just launched a ‘Call for Issues with Supporting Evidence’ for the north west marine plan area which includes the Solway.
Solway Firth Partnership is seeking applications for an assistant to support the new Solway Coastwise Project.
Solway Firth Partnership is seeking applications for the new post of Coordinator for the Solway Coastwise Project.
Ann Lingard has just written another 'Shore Story' on the Making of the Solway Firth and a blog on the Allonby Bay MCZ.
A conference, on Tuesday, 14th and Wednesday, 15th March 2017 at Berwick-Upon-Tweed, is being jointly organised by The Atlantic Salmon Trust and The Tweed Foundation to address the important issue of improving Salmon and Sea-trout smolt survival during the critical early stages of their migration, in rivers and in estuaries.
Solway Firth Partnership is seeking a Project Officer on a fixed term appointment to support an EU-funded initiative looking at transboundary and cross-border marine planning in the Solway Firth.
Contribute to research by recording seaweed species found on your local shore.
At the salmon summit in November the Environment Agency announced that it was developing a Five Point Approach to conserving salmon in England, and since then it has been working with Defra and with fisheries and conservation NGOs.
Natural England has been working to improve their conservation advice packages for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and would like comments on them.
A World Environment Day conference will be held at UCLan Westlakes, Whitehaven on Friday 10th June.
According to the Scottish Marine Recreation and Tourism Survey report published in March this year marine recreation and tourism expenditure in Scotland is estimated to amount to £3.7 billion per year.
The latest issue of the Inshore Fisheries Group newsletter is out now.
CoCoast are pleased to announce the launch of the first of their events aimed at sharing best practice amongst marine Citizen Science project co-ordinators.
A recent study carried out by Solway Firth Partnership (SFP) and funded by Natural England has helped to significantly increase our understanding of some of the most important high tide roosting sites for waterbirds along the Cumbrian Solway Coast.
A timetable for Marine Planning in the North West of England is now available.
Annan Museum has opened with a splash! The first exhibition of 2016 is “Out of the Blue – Solway Seafood”. The exhibition was developed by Solway Firth Partnership funded by the European Fisheries Fund and Dumfries & Galloway Council.
The MMO would like the public view and feedback on the draft Statement of Public Participation and the draft Sustainability Appraisal scoping report for the marine plan for the north west marine area.
Wayne Dixon and his dog Koda are travelling on an epic journey, walking the coast of Britain and litter-picking along the way!
The Marine Management Organisation is starting the next phase of marine plans, developing a plan for the North West.
The consultation on Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve Management Plan will run until 8 April 2016.
Children from Kirkcolm Primary School held a 1940s-themed tea party and visited a new art exhibit commemorating Wig Bay’s days as a WWII flying boat base.
The Scottish Marine Tourism and Recreation Survey Report is now live and a press release issued, showing some impressive headline figures.
Marine Scotland’s on-line mapping portal makes spatial data and information available to all as the new marine planning responsibilities are implemented.
RSPB Scotland has published a new policy report entitled Glorious Mud – homes for nature, protection for people.
A study funded by Natural England and executed by Solway Firth Partnership with the help of RSPB Mersehead, the BTO’s Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) and the Cumbria Biodiversity Centre, mapped the locations and size of important high tide roost sites along the Cumbrian shore of the Solway for the first time.
Results from Scotland’s first comprehensive national survey of an important coastal habitat have been published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
Mariners will recall that the Western HVDC cable is being installed between the Firth of Clyde in Scotland and Leasowe on the Wirral, running down through the North Channel, then to the west and south of the Isle of Man.
The Outcome Report on measures for hobby/unlicensed fishermen in Scottish inshore waters, Promoting Best Practice for Inshore Fisheries, has just been published.
The MMO is currently advertising for two new North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NWIFCA) Committee Members.
A number of marine areas around the UK are under consideration as possible Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) for harbour porpoise.
23 new areas along the UK coast were announced on 17th of January as the latest Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) to be awarded environmental protection by the Government, extending the country’s ‘Blue Belt’ to cover over 20% of English waters (out to 200 nautical miles) and providing vital protection for the diverse array of wildlife in our seas.
The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) programme is now open for registrations of interest and recruitment of D & G Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) members is underway with a membership application deadline of 31 January.
Cumbria Wildlife Trust is delighted to invite applications for six Trainee Marine and Coastal Conservation Officers.
The first Biosecurity Plan for the Solway was produced by Solway Firth Partnership in 2013 following stakeholder consultation in 2012. A review of that plan is now complete.
The Marine Strategy Part Three: UK Programme of Measures is now published. It sets out a comprehensive set of existing and planned measures that will help to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) in our seas by 2020.
Nurdles are small plastic pellets about the size of a lentil. Countless billion are used each year to make nearly all our plastic products but many end up washing up on our shores.
The need for improved inshore fisheries data is widely recognised to enable the sector to be accurately represented in marine planning and to ensure its management is sustainable.
A series of projects exploring ways of addressing this ran between summer 2014 and autumn 2015. The summary reports of this work, collectively titled ‘Evidence Gathering In Support of Sustainable Scottish Inshore Fisheries’, have recently been produced.
Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution continues to consult on Submarine Electricity Cables.
The first Biosecurity Plan for the Solway was produced by Solway Firth Partnership in 2013 following stakeholder consultation in 2012. A review of that plan has now taken place.
Fishermen who work in the waters off the Galloway coast are promoting their sectoral Code of Conduct with a simple message: phone first.
A Code of Conduct between local scallop and static gear fishermen has been in place in south west Scotland for many years. The Code has generally been well supported and enables maximum access to fishing grounds for both mobile and static gear fishermen. It is intentionally straightforward with the focus on good communication and incidences of conflict have been minimised. However, there is no room for complacency and every effort is being made to raise the profile of the Code at the start of the Irish Sea scallop fishing season.
This is an update on progress with the installation of the Moyle Returns Cables in the North Channel of the Irish Sea. A Notice to Mariners has previously been issued for this work, detailing the route and construction schedule. A revised Notice to Mariners can be downloaded here, giving up-to-date details on project progress and plans. A further update on progress to date is provided below.
Just a reminder that Marine Scotland’s consultation close tonight.
National Grid is halfway through its programme of information events that are being held to show people how plans are shaping up for a new connection to link new sources of electricity, including the proposed new nuclear power station at Moorside, into ‘the grid’ in Cumbria and Lancashire.
Our 43rd issue is truly fishy. Talking about fishy dishes, tales and exhibitions, a number of articles report of the success of the SFP Out of the Blue project which has recently come to an end.
Two Out of the Blue photographic installations form part of the Environmental Arts Festival Scotland this weekend: 29 and 30 August.
An outdoor exhibition of photographs by Colin Tennant will be on display at the Moat Brae in Kirkcudbright from 31st July to 31st August.
Solway Firth Partnership is inviting people along to the Mill on the Fleet in Gatehouse to see the new ‘Fishy Tales’ exhibition which has just opened.
A new booklet has just been produced for Loch Ryan.
The Moyle Interconnector is a high voltage electricity cable which links the electricity grids of Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Marine survey works are underway along the Moyle Interconnector cable route as part of preparations for repair work on the cable route later this year.
The Scottish Government, DEFRA, the Northern Ireland executive and the Welsh Government are seeking views on the UK's proposed programme of measures to maintain or achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) in their seas by 2020.
From 30 January 2015 to 24 April 2015 the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is running a consultation on the Second Tranche of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) including Allonby Bay on the English side of the Solway.
Natural England has announced the publication of a new Site Improvement Plan (SIP) for the Solway Firth.
The Solway has been chosen as a case study by the Celtic Seas Partnership Project.
Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is about to launch its Draft Management Plan 2015-2020.
The draft National Marine Plan was laid before the Scottish Parliament on 11 December 2014.
Further to the launch of consultation for the draft Marine Tourism Strategy, a series of workshops will now be held around Scotland to encourage people to contribute to development of the final strategy.
Local fishermen are invited to attend a Solway Inshore Fisheries Sub-Group Project Workshop and Meeting on Friday 12 December, between 10.30am and 2.00pm, at the Creebridge House Hotel in Newton Stewart.
Solway Firth Partnership, D & G Council, Kirkcolm Community Council & the SCAPE Trust invite you to drop in and share your WW2 stories, memories and photos about the Wig and Loch Ryan.
The meeting is being held to discuss an EFF Inshore Fisheries Project titled 'Establishing the location of fishing activities' in which skippers/vessel owners can trial the Succorfish SC2 vessel monitoring unit (which transmits vessel location via AIS). The skippers/vessel owners who volunteer would obtain the Succorfish unit free of charge (value c£1000), and installation will take place in January. The project is open to any <12m vessels, cross-sector.
Views are being sought on proposed measures to protect some of Scotland’s most important marine sites including Luce Bay Special Area of Conservation.
The Solway Firth Partnership Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2014 will take place at the Hallmark Hotel in Carlisle on Friday 14 November at 10.00 a.m.
Charges begin for single use carrier bags in Scotland.
Solway Firth Partnership & Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty warmly invite you to our joint Conference 2014, Celebrating 50 Years of the Solway AONB
Work on a series of projects supporting Scottish inshore fisheries research was announced recently and fishermen are being invited to get involved. The aim is to support the future sustainability of the industry by working in partnership with fishermen through the Inshore Fisheries Groups.
30 new Scottish Marine Protected Areas have been announced, a new Luce Bay Special Area of Conservation habitat mapping report has been published and advance information has been issued on a draft Solway Firth Special Protection Area.
Making the Most of the Coast has produced ‘A Beachcomber’s Guide for Solway Shells’, incredibly useful for anyone who has ever wanted to know more about the hidden gems of our beaches, marshes and cliffs.
If you go down to the harbour today you’re in for a nice surprise… Otters are making regular appearances at Kirkcudbright harbour and almost seem to be enjoying putting on a bit of a show for interested onlookers.
Scottish Government has published a draft document of Good Practice Principles For Community Benefits From Offshore Renewables which will be open for public consultation until the 21st August.
Making the Most of the Coast Project has developed a web guide to help people explore the Solway coastline.
Scottish consultation on fish quotas, North Western IFCA Byelaw consultation and latest news from Defra and the MMO.
Consultation on the National Marine Plan Consultation Draft ended in November 2013 and responses can now be viewed online: National Marine Plan Consultation Draft - Responses
Making the Most of the Coast was announced as the project deserving special recognition in the Greener Scotland category at this year’s Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Awards.