Copeland Coastal Conference success

This year’s Copeland Coastal Conference was a great success with a variety of speakers and attendees having a great day at the new Beacon Portal.  Presentations covered a variety of topics from the new Lake District World Heritage Site to marine litter issues, a potential extension to the St Bees Head Heritage Coast and a pioneering food and energy positive community at Millom.

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The rain also held off long enough for us to get outside to hear about an exciting new project which aims to tackle to litter issue in Whitehaven harbour with the Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project aiming to be one of the first places in Britain to purchase a SeaBin.

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All the presentations from the day can be found below:

The Lake District – a new World Heritage Site, Eric Barker (Lake District National Park)

A tourism perspective on the world heritage site designation, Peter Frost-Pennington (Muncaster Castle)

Harmony presentation, Ashley Dobbs

Curating on the Coast Whitehaven, a heritage town, Elizabeth Kwasnik (The Beacon)

Seabins and the Whitehaven marina clean-up project, Steve Walter (Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project)

LOVEmyBEACH, Hannah Barnes (Morecambe Bay Partnership)

Marine designations along the Copeland Coast, Laurence Browning (Natural England)

We also heard from Neil Harnott of Cumbria Wildlife Trust about the Cumbria Coast Pollinator Project.  If you’re interested in filling in the pollinator survey all then information can be found in a previous ‘News’ post What do you know about pollinators?

Sophie Badrick, our project officer, organised the day and also gave an update on the Heritage Coast extension proposals.  A copy of the Heritage Coast report, produced by the Colourful Coast partnership and National Trust, can be downloaded from this page Heritage Coast extension

Finally, Steve Wilson from Surfers Against Sewage gave a great talk on his interest in the area.  Details of future beach clean events can be found on the Cumbria Coastline Clean up facebook page

 

What do you know about pollinators?

Can you spare a few minutes to help Cumbria’s pollinators?

The Cumbria Local Nature Partnership is hoping to secure Lottery funding that will help pollinating insects on the west coast of Cumbria, by creating and connecting suitable habitats.

To inform the application, it is important that we have more information about what people in Cumbria know about pollinating insects and the sorts of activities you might like to get involved with.

Please complete this very short questionnaire to help wildlife thrive on the Cumbrian coastline.

https://wildlifetrusts.wufoo.eu/forms/coastlines-the-cumbria-coast-pollinator-project

It should take just a couple of minutes. Thank you for your help!

Between the Tides

This week we came across a fantastic programme from Radio 4 called Between the Tides.  It’s an exciting soundscape following life between the tides on a sandy coastline.  Hear about tides, the strandline, why birds love the coast and why people do too!  It’s not quite the sheer rock faces and shingle beaches of the Colourful Coast, which have a unique attraction all of their own, but it’s well worth a listen.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00850z0?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_radio_4&ns_source=facebook&ns_linkname=radio_and_music