Part of the core work of the SMILE Project was to engage with stakeholders on both sides of the Solway in new and innovative ways in order to raise awareness and also gather public input into the project, boosting the local knowledge included and also making the feedback gathered as representative as possible.

A variety of methods were used throughout the project to engage with stakeholders. These methods became exclusively online from early 2020 in line with COVID-19 restrictions.

The page below provides a list of all of the engagement events which were attended over the course of the project where the engagement questions were directly asked to attendees.

The Project Officer attended and contributed to many other events over the course of the project where the Review was promoted to stakeholders, although engagement questions were not directly asked. Examples include the Solway Firth Partnership Annual General meetings for 2019 and 2020 where a presentation and video update were given, respectively, as well as the Dumfries and Galloway Environment Fair 2020, where the project officer provided a marine themed arts and crafts video.

Other sections within the Engagement Chapter discuss;


The methods of engagement used included the following;

Online Methods;

  • Poll
  • Typeform Survey
  • Social Media engagement through ‘stories’ and posts
  • Youtube videos
  • Input to online events
  • Presentations

In-person Methods; 

  • Event Presence – informal discussions
  • iPad engagement to explore of the review and voting
  • In-person Voting System
  • Flipchart version
  • Clipboard version
  • Presentations




Events Attended

Events/ Meetings Engagement questions were asked;

  • Dumfries and Galloway Environment Fair March 2018
  • Marine and Freshwater Conservation students from Cumbria University 2018
  • Annan Sky’s the Limit Women’s Group 2018
  • Dumfries and Galloway STEM Conference 2018
  • The Stove Artists 2018
  • Gretna General Interest Group 2018
  • Rural Parliament 2018
  • World Oceans Day 2018
  • The Stove Café 2018
  • Stranraer Oyster Festival 2018
  • Solway Firth Partnership/ Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty conference 2018
  • STEM Event 26th April 2019
  • Dumfries and Galloway Environment Fair, May 2019
  • World Oceans Day, Port William, June 2019
  • Annan Harbour Festival 2019
  • Big Red Bus Event 30th August 2019 (the bus made three stops along the coast in Silloth, Allonby, and Maryport)
  • BioBlitz, Glasgow University, Dumfries Campus, 2nd October 2019
  • Solway Firth Partnership Annual General Meeting, 29th November 2019
  • Devil’s Porridge Museum SMILE Presentation, 28th January 2020
  • Workington Library Presentation, 30th January 2020
  • Seaton Library Presentation, 30th January 2020
  • Maryport Library Presentation, 31st January 2020
  • Silloth Library Presentation, 31st January 2020
  • Workington Rotary Club Presentation, 5th December 2020
  • Social Media Stories and engagement, throughout the project
  • Typeform online survey, throughout the project
  • Solway Firth Partnership website – SMILE Project page, updated throughout the project


Image; Presentation Event at Maryport Library, January 2020. © Solway Firth Partnership