Research project on The Solway Estuary to be launched

Research project on The Solway Estuary to be launched

The University of Cumbria is pleased to announce that a research project carried out by two of its lecturers will be launched at an event on Thursday 4 August at the University of Glasgow’s, Crichton Campus, Dumfries.

The research report: ‘The Solway Estuary: a socio-cultural evaluation of a coastal energy landscape’, by Darrell Smith, Ian Convery, Valentina Bold and Billy Sinclair will be officially launched  this Thursday by Brian Irving  from the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   Dr Darrell Smith and Professor Ian Convery from the university’s Centre for Wildlife Conservation, along with the reports’ co-authors will be present at the event giving the opportunity for attendees to discuss the research findings with the panel.

Seascapes have long been valued for many reasons. The introduction of offshore wind farming places a new component into the ways in which people experience place. The report presents the results of an exploratory review of the relationships between marine-based wind farms, the fishing industry and the coastal community on the Scottish side of the estuary.

Dr Darrell Smith, University of Cumbria - Centre for Wildlife Conservation said “The main focus of this project was to look at the socio-cultural relationships between local communities and the Solway Estuary with respect to landscape change, Robin Rigg wind turbines and climate change. The main benefits of this approach is that it describes cultural relationships from a living-in-place perspective that gives voice to environmental, community, functional and personal connections built around individual, community, environmental, visual, physical and spiritual dimensions”.

Funding for this project was provided by the University of Cumbria’s Energy Coast Campus Programme (ECCP), which is financially supported by the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

The launch is bookable via  Eventbrite  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-solway-estuary-a-socio-cultural-evaluation-of-a-coastal-energy-landscape-tickets-26195887605