Ann Lingard’s popular low-tide walks to look at the creatures in the sand, on the rocks and in the Solway’s newest Marine Conservation Zone, at Allonby Bay. Dates are:

Sunday 17th June

Sunday 12th August for Cumbria Wildlife Trust and part of National Marine Weeks

Tuesday 14th August Wednesday 12th September

The walks are usually free, last about two hours and dogs and children are of course most welcome. Booking is essential as there is a limit on numbers and all details - when, what to wear and how to reserve your place are on the Solway Shore Stories website under ‘Shorewalker’ or call 016973 21967.


Ann will also be running a creative fiction and non-fiction writing workshop, ‘A sense of place’, on Saturday 19th May, 10.00am-4.00pm. This is for aspiring and practising writers, on behalf of Cumbria Wildlife Trust and will take place at the RSPB’s Campfield Reserve near Bowness-on- Solway. Part of the day will be spent out on the saltmarsh, and the remainder indoors in the Solway Wetlands Centre. Full details are on Ann’s blog: 3/10/capturing-a-saltmarsh-in-words-a-creative- writing-day-on-the-upper-solway/ and booking details are on the Events pages of Cumbria Wildlife Trust or Tel: 01539 816300.

Bird’s foot channel

Ken and Lynda Dinneen are Lapidary Artists and Rock Hounds Ken is a Lapidary, Lynda has taught Jewellery Design, Silversmithing, and Lapidary Art, as well leading many mining and

Rock Hounding tours in and around the western United States. Ken and Lynda work from their studio on the east flank of the Central Oregon Cascade Mountains in Sisters, Oregon.

Plants, seeds, worms, (and their holes) scat, lizards, dinosaurs, fish, trees, bones. I think I could keep this going for quite a while. What am I talking about?... FOSSILS!

Their variety is as vast as the types of life on the earth. The thing is, Britain is world-famous for the fossils found here. It is a bit overwhelming, trying to narrow the focus down to one type or sub-type. Let’s say that we are just going to focus on plant fossils for this article.... well, even that is too big a type to fit into just this size space but what the heck, let's give it a go!

Playday at Offerton!

will find a good group of ‘keepers’. Now for sure, whether in the UK, the US, or the Ukraine, directions tend to get a bit muddled because, well, things change! However, here is a quote from Cretaceous Climber, regarding a good hunting area, should you give Offerton a try:

Since we are talking about plant fossils, lets head to Offerton, Borough of Stockport. Offerton is one of the best sites for plant material fossils and a sure bet that any hunter there


“It is a little tricky to find. The easiest way is to go down the A626 and look out for a little road to the north, Holiday Lane and park at the end. Head along the footpath along Poise Brook, going north. Eventually, you’ll reach a bridge, which you should cross, so now you’re on the left side of the stream. Continue a couple of hundred meters, now up above the stream, then wander down to your right - you should see a bend in the stream and cuttings with lots of exposures of shale and coal

and plenty of fossils. Good luck! I recommend taking wellies.”

I must confess, I love directions like this as they leave the door open for real exploring and that is half the fun when fossiling, well.... any rock-hounding really! Who doesn’t like a good treasure hunt? The carboniferous fossils in Offerton are along the creek beds and especially along Poise Brook as it meanders to join the River Goyt. The Poise

Brook Local Nature area is NW of Offerton and the fossil prints here are darkish, making them easy to see. They remind me of prehistoric

shadows, tales of another age. Before I get too ‘away with the fairies’ I will just say, if you go... good on Ya!

Until next time... Happy Hunting!

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