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  • European Dry Stone Issues
    to be part of exciting partnerships to share innovation and good practice The partners are Office Environnement De La Corse France OCRE Associação para a Valorização do Ambiente Cultura Património e Lazer Portugal Conseil de Majorque département environnement Spain Cornish Hedge Research and Education Group CHREG United Kingdom APARE Association pour la Participation et l Action Régionale France Medoro S c a r l Italy Solway Heritage United Kingdom Development Corporation of Local Authorities of Cyclades S A Greece Université de Palerme Département d histoire et projet Faculté d Architecture Italy The EU have stated an ambition to become a world economic centre for excellence based on knowledge and skills With this in mind the partners of this project are developing a European network which recognises the need to support rural crafts such as drystone construction which is threatened by the loss of traditional skills The European Dry Stone Issues project will enable Solway Heritage to work with partners from across Europe to share practice discuss problems and compare solutions on dry stone walling training in Dumfries and Galloway The project will allow adult learners staff volunteers and trainers from a wide variety of organisations to meet on exchange visits

    Original URL path: http://www.solwayheritage.co.uk/id92.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Fishing For Knowledge
    participate in angling along with in kind support from the District Salmon Fishery Boards and Buccleuch Estate So far more than 700 school children from 21 schools across Dumfries and Galloway have taken part becoming more aware of their local river catchments the animal and plant life that they support Q What are the Aims of the project The aims of the project are to introduce school children young people and their families to plant invertebrate and fish life in their own river catchments it is hoped that by giving them ownership of their own lochs rivers and streams more young people would be encouraged to take a greater interest and pride in their local environment and heritage as well as being given the opportunity to take up a hobby angling for life Practically every child in Dumfries and Galloway lives close to a watercourse of some sort but very few children nowadays would go out into the countryside to explore this environment Fishing for Knowledge hopes to reconnect young people with their freshwater environment Q What are the benefits of the project The project engages and enthuses children about nature on their own doorsteps By using angling as the hook to catch attention and by promoting active learning allowing them to get their hands and feet wet children s knowledge and understanding of their local environment is greatly improved inspiring them to respect and protect it Fishing for Knowledge links well with Curriculum for Excellence and its four capacities to enable each child or young person to be a successful learner a confident individual a responsible citizen and an effective contributor As well as making a valuable contribution to many area s of the Curriculum teachers noted that the project also benefitted the children s listening talking co operation

    Original URL path: http://www.solwayheritage.co.uk/id85.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Environment Fair
    Dumfries and Galloway This project is interpreting the term nature tourism in its broadest sense by promoting attractions which encourage ecological and environmentally sustainable enjoyment of the landscape in the Sulwath Connections Landscape Project area Solway Heritage has also helped develop and promote a photographic competition for Sulwath Connections Seasonal photographs which fit the following three categories A Working Countryside Enjoying the Outdoors or A Fresh Look at Nature can

    Original URL path: http://www.solwayheritage.co.uk/id106.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP)
    Steering Group Report 1995 Scotland has a Scottish Biodiversity Group made up of a range of organisations both in the public and private sectors that have an important role in acting for biodiversity in Scotland Dumfries and Galloway Local Biodiversity Action Plan Following two years of work by a broad partnership of organisations and individuals the Dumfries and Galloway Local Biodiversity Action Plan was published in June 1999 It identifies important wildlife habitats and species across the region and outlines the action necessary to protect and enhance them The Plan has subsequently won the 1999 Scottish Award for Quality in Planning the 2000 Scottish Silver Green Apple Trophy for Environmental Best Practice and was nominated by the Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland for the Institute s UK Award The partnership is now in the process of implementing the Local Biodiversity Action Plan with actions being linked to other strategic initiatives and co ordinated by a Project Officer based in the Council Successful implementation will provide opportunities for economic regeneration and enhance the quality of life for Dumfries and Galloway s residents and visitors The Dumfries and Galloway Biodiversity Partnership have now prepared a draft of a second edition and

    Original URL path: http://www.solwayheritage.co.uk/id114.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Eco Schools
    changed over the years The pupils worked closely with artist Hugh Bryden to produce drawings prints models illustrated guides and written work to record what is special about Palnackie All their findings were presented in an exhibition held in the Village Hall in Palnackie The exhibition generated a lot of community interest and it is hoped that the work will lead to the development of a Village Design Statement The

    Original URL path: http://www.solwayheritage.co.uk/id117.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Invasives Project in the River Nith Catchment Area
    and statutory authorities within the River Nith catchment Previous experience in Scotland such as in the River Tweed catchment has already shown that only a systematic co ordinated catchment approach is effective at controlling invasive species It is hoped to start Phase 2 in spring 2008 and to run the programme for 3 years It is anticipated that at this stage of the project the landowners will be fully on board and play an active role in controlling the invasive species on their land Management This is a partnership project to be coordinated by SEPA s Catchment Management Planning Officer CMPO The CMPO post is a permanent position co ordinating catchment management issues in Dumfries and Galloway This will ensure that the project can be monitored over a longer period of time than the four year duration of the feasibility study and practical control planned for Phases 1 and 2 The project would be run in partnership with Solway Heritage and the Nith District Salmon Fisheries Board NDSFB The NDSFB has offered in kind support for the project in the form of physical GPS mapping administrative input knowledge of local landowners and assistance to sell the idea of sustainable invasive control to landowners across the Nith Catchment NDSFB support on the ground will save a huge amount of time and money for the project This would otherwise require a new and likely unknown person to contact landowners to develop a working relationship with them These relationships already exist through the NDSFB Background The two most serious and widely distributed invasive plant species in the River Nith catchment area are Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam although Giant Hogweed is also locally common It is not know whether there is a particular problem with Rhododendron Rhododendron ponticum in the River Nith Catchment but it is envisaged that Rhododendron will be mapped on the river and stream banks These species are a particular problem due to Lack of awareness of problems threats if not controlled Dense growth which shades out native plants Poor habitat for native insects and other fauna Increased risk of bank erosion Potential flood risk if dead stems block watercourses Damage to infrastructure e g Japanese Knotweed can grow through walls pipes etc Health and safety hazard poisonous stems of Giant Hogweed The River Nith and its catchment have been identified as an area where these invasive species have become aggressively common The River Nith Catchment Management Steering Group have agreed that a co ordinated catchment approach is needed to investigate the extent of the invasive problem in the catchment followed by co ordinated sustainable catchment based control There is evidence of success in controlling invasive species from the Tweed Invasives Project which is co ordinated by the Tweed Forum The Tweed Project s aims are long term sustainable control of Giant Hogweed and Japanese Knotweed within the Tweed catchment Co ordinated treatment of the target species in partnership with local farmers landowners riparian interest groups and statutory authorities within

    Original URL path: http://www.solwayheritage.co.uk/id75.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Environment Fair
    fascinating and complex life history The salmon s unusual life cycle which involves spawning in clean freshwater gravel beds followed by a journey down to the sea and then returning as an adult to spawn in the birth river is fraught with conservation threats The project provides wonderful opportunities to explain conservation issues including pollution stream obstacles overfishing and habitat destruction all factors which have contributed to salmon declines Solway

    Original URL path: http://www.solwayheritage.co.uk/id108.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Eco Schools
    and Galloway Tourist Board to provide a touring route along the coast that linked a number of historic buildings and monuments gardens forest walks and visitor centres A cheap looking leaflet was produced at that time The sign posts to the route still exist from the M74 and mark the route between Annan and Stranraer and follows the coast via Dumfries New Abbey Dalbeattie Kirkcudbright Gatehouse Creetown Wigtown Whithorn Glenluce Mull of Galloway and Port Logan The early Christian cross logo used on the signs is a symbol that is distinctly cultural heritage however the Solway Coast Heritage Trail can also be used to link together other sites of interest The first booklet promoted Wildlife and Landscapes It was written by Solway Heritage and supported by Special Places which was funded through Scottish Natural Heritage and Dumfries and Galloway Leader The second booklet Sea Life Sea Food promotes natural marine heritage with reference to our culinary heritage and was funded through Scottish Natural Heritage and Solway Firth Partnership Solway Heritage is currently developing a project with European funding from the INTERREG IVA programme The project will link the Solway Coast Heritage Trail with touring routes along the coastline of Northern

    Original URL path: http://www.solwayheritage.co.uk/id97.html (2016-02-10)
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