May 22, 2017

Crossing the Moss

Ann Lingard (who also writes the Solway Shore Stories website and Solway Shorewalker blog) and photographer James Smith have recently completed their project Crossing the Moss.


The project looked at the effect on the peatbog of the building of the Solway Junction Railway across Bowness Common (one of the Solway's special raised mires) in the 1860s - and the present-day re-wetting and regeneration of the Common by the RSPB and Natural England. 

The story of Bowness Common and the railway is also the story of the Solway viaduct, and Crossing the Moss tells of engineers, and barges and ice-floes, of sinking rails and engines, and of navvies - and Sphagnum mosses, and the building of dams and bunds. As well as numerous photos, maps and other images, there is also James Smith's stunning aerial video taken as he flew his drone along the railway track from the River Wampool across the Common and across the Firth to the Annan embankment.


For more information about the project visit the website

Solway Firth Partnership