Arnside and Silverdale AONB
Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
The Arnside and Silverdale AONB was designated in 1972, under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. The AONB covers an area of 75 sq km. And is one of the family of 38 AONB’s in England and Wales. The area includes low limestone hills, limestone grasslands, ancient woodlands, fen mosses, salt marsh and inter-tidal mudflats. The area is designated for its landscape, which is of national importance and special controls are exercised to ensure developments are not detrimental to the reasons for designation. The AONB Unit is the body set up in 2001 as successor to the Countryside Management Service to ensure the conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty of the area.
The AONB Unit manages two Local Nature Reserves on behalf of Lancaster City Council, as well as acting as an advocate for the AONB and its designation. It co-ordinates, facilitates and organises conservation action on the ground either by working in partnership with other organisations and community groups, through the activities of our volunteers or in association with the Arnside and Silverdale AONB Landscape Trust (a Registered Charity and membership organisation which supports the work of the AONB Unit).
We maintain close links with other conservation organisations, government agencies, parish councils, local authorities and businesses active within the area. All the AONB Partners support the Management Plan produced in 2009 and are committed to implementation of the principles and actions identified with in the Plan.
Volunteers carry out a hugely diverse range of tasks, ranging from the specialist to the ordinary. Principal among these opportunities are the regular Tuesday and Thursday tasks. Groups of volunteers working under the supervision and instruction of Tony Riden, the AONB Countryside Officer go out Tuesday all day and Thursday mornings to complete various countryside tasks. Likely work parties include; scrub control on species rich limestone grasslands, litter-picking, footpath clearance, woodland management, installation of gates on public rights of way, fencing, bridge building, dry stone walling, pond conservation and path building.
Other opportunities also arise at various times of year, such as seasonal butterfly transect surveys, orchid site conservation, visitor surveys, footpath wardening, website maintenance, artwork and interpretation design, leaflet writing, plant surveys, species protection watches and tree planting. Work is carried out in all six parishes within the area. Enrolment as an AONB Volunteer is a simple process and all volunteers are covered by local authority insurance whilst working under the direction of Unit staff. You will get the chance to meet like-minded people, learn new skills, share experience and have the satisfaction of making a real difference to the environment of the AONB.
Contact Name: Lucy Barron - AONB Manager
Name of Organisation: Arnside & Silverdale AONB Unit
Address: The Old Station Building, ARNSIDE, LA5 0HG.
Telephone: 01524 761034
Fax: 01524 761577