Jan 4, 2017

SFP/Solway Coast AONB Joint Conference Presentations and Feedback Available

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.


There was a great range of talks and workshops throughout the day covering Energy, Marine Planning, Community and Landscapes and Marine Biodiversity.  And as Ian Frost, Chief Executive of Allerdale Borough Council said in his entertaining talk, “We all have a shared responsibility for a special place, the Solway.”  Click here for Ian's presentation.


In the Marine Planning workshop a table-top strategy game was used to allow players to put themselves in the shoes of the developer, fisherman or even port authority. Rhona Fairgrieve, Scottish Coastal Forum Manager, led the workshop and her presentation can be found here.


The Solway Estuary has huge potential to provide renewable energy from wave and wind.  The Energy workshop showed what is happening locally on the Solway, from wind turbines, operated by EON (click here for Tim Morgan's presentation) and wind powered kites (click here for the Kite Powered Solutions presentation) to hydropower turbine technology being developed by Solway Energy Gateway (click here for Nigel Catterson's presentation).


Community/public engagement has been key in running citizen science projects such as Beachwatch, Wildlife Sightings and Seasearch but also in the more formal marine site designation process. The Marine Biodiversity interactive workshop run by Marine Conservation Society (click here for Catherine Gemmel's presentation) and North West Wildlife Trusts (click here for Emily Baxter's presentation) highlighted the successes and showed people how they could get involved locally. In addition Scottish Natural Heritage and Natural England used this workshop to highlight the public consultation on the proposed extension to the Solway Firth SPA designation, click here for that presentation.


Place names and memories provide an opportunity to use our oral tradition to record and understand the Solway landscape. The Communities and Landscape workshop showcased two projects being run on opposite sides of the Solway; 'Remembering the Solway', part of the Solway Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme (click here for Naomi Hewitt's presentation) and Solway Coastwise (click here for Nic Coombey's presentation).


Sam Wright from the Marine Management Organisation gave an update on progress with the North West Marine Plan and how the public can get involved with the consultation / evidence gathering process. Click here for his presentation.


If you would like to know more about the speakers their biographies can be downloaded here


Feedback was gathered at the conference and all the results have been analysed and are displayed here.  We will do our best to take all comments on board to make our next conference in 2018 even better.


Notes on the workshops will be made available as soon as possible.


Please note that Miranda Krestovnikoff's presentation from the conference is not available as part of the proceedings.


Solway Firth Partnership