Bowness on Solway

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Bowness on Solway: The nature reserve now has a range of habitats. Gorse, thorn and birch scrub have developed on the drier areas whilst willow is found in the wetter hollows. This scrub provides habitat for breeding willow warbler, willow tit and linnet amongst other species. Hawthorn provides a rich winter food source for birds such as redwings and fieldfares. The open areas have common spotted orchid, knapweed and birds-foot trefoil. Great crested newts, frogs and toads also breed in the ponds.

Southern hawker, migrant hawker and four-spotted chaser dragonflies, willow tit, ringlet butterfly. can be seen.

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From Carlisle
Take the B5307 to Kirkbride and take right fork to Burgh by Sands before the city boundary. Follow this road all the way to Bowness on Solway and straight through the village. The reserve entrance is the track after Biglands House approximately 1.25km/0.75 miles from the village.

From Wigton
Take the road to Kirkbride. In the village turn left for Anthorn and Bowness. Cross the river and turn right at the junction. At the T junction in Bowness village turn left and follow the road until reserve is reached.


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