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May 2019

R1 – Open Day at Coldwell Horseshoe Reserves

Monday 6th May at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Coldwell Reserves, Cold Well Lane
Yealand Storrs, United Kingdom
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Coldwell Parrock Oaks

Our reserves team will be providing guided tours of our three reserves at Coldwell at 11:00am and at 2:00pm.  Each tour will last approximately an hour and you are welcome to just turn up and join either walk during the day.  This is an ideal opportunity to learn more about how our reserves are managed and what plans we have for their future, and to have any questions you may have about our reserves answered.  Alternatively, you are welcome simply…

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W4 – Bird Migration and other Natural History in South Silverdale

Saturday 18th May at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Chiffchaff at Jack Scout

This walk, led by John and Jill Webb, will visit visit Jack Scout, Jenny Brown's Point and Heald Brow. The primary focus of the walk will be migratory birds, including warblers on the National Trust properties and wetland birds on the estuary.

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R2 – Families Day at Coldwell Horseshoe Reserves: Get Close to Nature!

Thursday 30th May at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Coldwell Reserves, Cold Well Lane
Yealand Storrs, United Kingdom

A close look at what's growing and living on the hay meadows, limestone grassland and woodland that we are developing at these linked areas.  Featuring flowers, grasses, butterflies, bugs, beetles and spiders (tiny ones) This is a free event, suitable for all ages.  There is no need to book, just turn up and stay as long as you like but wear outdoor clothes and shoes, as you might want to get your hands (and knees) dirty or even delve into…

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June 2019

W5 – Gait Barrows in all its Aspects

Saturday 1st June at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Gait Barrows Limestone Pavement

A Walk by Mike & Jean Warren. Please note that dogs are not permitted on this walk. This is a general walk enjoying the flora, fauna and landscape of Gait Barrows National Nature Reserve, hopefully taking in the Lady's-slipper orchid and possibly Duke of Burgundy butterfly. It is being led by Mike and Jean Warren who are keen natural historians and have led many walks in the past. The walk is 3.5 to 4 miles in length, mainly level with…

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W6 – The Secrets of Silverdale

Saturday 8th June at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This walk will be led by Landscape Trust member, Ann Turnbull, who has lived in Silverdale for 45 years and has a lot of local knowledge. Ann will lead an amended version of the previous Secrets of Silverdale walk held in 2017, including a walk across the sands to Gibralter Farm, hearing history of the seaward part of the village. This will be followed by an exploration of the southern area of Silverdale, finishing at The Wolfhouse, where lunch will…

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Exhibition: The Natural Wonders of the Arnside & Silverdale AONB

Saturday 29th June - Sunday 30th June
Arnside Cemetery Chapel, Silverdale Road
Arnside, LA5 0EY

As part of the Landscape Trust contribution to this year's Silverdale and Arnside Art and Craft Trail, we will be hosting an exhibition of photographs by Ken Kitchen, as well as a display by the Bittern Country Community Interest Company with a promotion on reducing the usage of plastics.

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W7 – Recording the Visual Landscape (A Personal Sketchbook)

Saturday 29th June at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Field sketch

This is a walk with a difference in that participants will each be invited to create a personal sketchbook of the walk, exploring the area around Far Arnside, examining and recording geological features and landscapes from modern to medieval. No artistic skills are required!

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July 2019

W8 – Managing for Butterflies on Arnside Knott

Tuesday 9th July at 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
High Brown Fritillary

Chris Winnick will lead a walk over Arnside Knott looking at the butterflies and how the area is managed for priority species, such as the High Brown Fritillary, which hopefully will be in flight on the day.

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Annual General Meeting 2019

Tuesday 16th July at 7:30 pm
Heron Theatre, Stanley Street
Beetham, Cumbria LA7 7AS United Kingdom
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Silverdale across the Lots

After a (hopefully) short meeting to conduct the business of the 2019 AGM, Mike Warren will give a presentation on "Back to Basics – a re-introduction to the delights of the AONB".

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W9 – Fell End Nature Reserve

Tuesday 23rd July at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
John Wilson Hide, Fell End

Join us on a visit to the AONB's newest reserve at Fell End Caravan Park, to look at butterflies and other wildlife, and to learn about the management and development of the reserve.

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W6 – The Secrets of Silverdale (RESCHEDULED)

Sunday 28th July at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

A walk by Ann Turnbull across the sands from Silverdale to Gibralter Farm, hearing history of the seaward part of the village. This will be followed by an exploration of the southern area of Silverdale.

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August 2019

Exhibition of Paintings by the late Muriel Harrison

Wednesday 14th August - Friday 16th August
Old Station Building, Arnside
Carnforth, LA5 0HG United Kingdom
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An exhibition of paintings by the late Muriel Harrison.

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September 2019

EP6 – Mawson’s Garden

Friday 13th September at 2:00 pm

Brian Smith has very generously squeezed in another visit to the garden at Mawson's for Landscape Trust members to see for themselves the restoration of this wonderful example of Arts and Crafts movement heritage.

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Weekend Event: An Extraordinary Place

Saturday 14th September - Sunday 15th September
Silverdale across the Lots

A weekend of walks, talks and displays of activities by some of the partnership organisations who help to make the Arnside and Silverdale AONB such an Extraordinary Place. The weekend aims to showcase the work that goes into protecting, improving and enhancing the AONB for the benefit of all.

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EP1 – Gait Barrows and Hawes Water

Saturday 14th September at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Carin on Gait Barrows

The manager of the Gait Barrows NNR, Glen Swainson, will lead this walk around Gait Barrows and the neighbouring Haweswater, explaining the reserve's history, its special qualities and features, Natural England's current policies and plans for the conservation of its rare species of flora and fauna, as well as showing off some of its hidden corners.

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EP2 – Grubbins Wood

Saturday 14th September at 2:00 pm

A walk through Pickles Meadow, Grubbins Wood and Sands Field, led by Jamie Normington of Cumbria Wildlife Trust, looking at the rare plants and insects that make this reserve special.

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EP3 – Arnside Knott

Saturday 14th September at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Trees on Arnside Knott

A walk led by Craig McCoy of the National Trust, ascending Arnside Knott.

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EP4 – Swift Sites of Arnside

Saturday 14th September at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arnside Promenade Skyline

Peter Moreton of Swifts in the Community will lead a walk around Arnside showing participants where swifts can seen to best advantage when they are around in the summer, and explain what can be done to try to reverse the current decline in swift populations.

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EP7 – Kent Estuary Natural History Walk

Sunday 15th September at 10:00 am
Kent Estuary

A walk in the environs of the Kent Estuary at Arnside, exploring the botany, geology, bird-life and local history.

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EP5 – Mawson’s Garden

Sunday 15th September at 2:00 pm

Another chance for Landscape trust members to visit the extraordinary Mawson’s garden and see for themselves the restoration of this wonderful example of Arts and Crafts movement heritage.

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Additional booking information

If you prefer to book via email, or wish to book on more than one walk without completing multiple booking forms, you can write to us at, giving the walk code and title of each walk you wish to attend, together with the name of each person attending, their email address and contact telephone number, and stating whether or not they are Landscape Trust members.  Your request will be dealt with as quickly as possible but please be aware that orders entered via the online system (where available) may be processed ahead of your request.  In cases when there are only two or three places left you will always stand the best chance of securing the places you want by using the online booking option, if this is offered.

For our bookable events, the precise start location and details  will normally only be released to those with confirmed bookings.   This information will be sent by email either with the booking confirmation, or communicated to you by telephone if you have not provided an email contact address.

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