Acknowledgements & Technical Details


We thank the Solway Wetlands Landscape Partnership, (including the Heritage Lottery Fund) and especially Chris Spencer, Project Manager of the SWLP, for their enthusiasm, help and financial support (in the form of a Community Small Grant).

Ann is also grateful to:

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Alasdair Brock amongst molehills


Alasdair Brock, Senior Reserve Manager for Natural England’s North Cumbria National Nature Reserves, who has generously and with considerable good humour, guided her across part of the Common (through bog, ditches and fences in the rain), and provided large numbers of photos and documents, as well as helpful conversations;

Frank Mawby, former Senior Reserve Manager for English Nature (as NE was then known), who has shared his enthusiasm and his encyclopaedic knowledge of the South Solway Mosses;

Dave Blackledge, Reserves Warden for RSPB Campfield, who has helped with maps, information and conversation;

The staff at the Archives Centres at Whitehaven and Carlisle; Tessa Spencer, online archivist at National Records for Scotland; and Stephen White at Carlisle Library, for advice and help;

Railway enthusiasts and archivists for help with all manner of things to do with trains and tracks and viaducts: Alex Barnard, for a wealth of information; Peter Burgess who runs the Cumbria-Railways website ; Mike Peascod of the Cumbrian Railways website, who posted Ann’s questions in the ‘chatroom’ and for the numerous helpful replies received from Les Gilpin, Ian Watson, Adrian Taylor, Guy Wilson and Peter Holmes;

Her husband John Lackie for accompanying her on ‘expeditions’ to various parts of the railway track;

And Diane Dobson of OpenSpace for teaching her how to (start to) identify sphagnum mosses.


James’ drone was supplied by DJI, the world leader in drone technology. The aerial videos and still photographs were obtained using a DJI Inspire Mk 2, with a DJI Zemuse X5S Camera, supported on a three-axis gimbal. Video was captured at 4K very high resolution, and still images captured via a 20 megapixel sensor, in 16 bit colour, and in TIFF format. A Scandisk 64gb Extreme Pro micro SD card was used to record video and stills.

Filming height was mostly at 300 feet, and carried out within the Civil Aviation Authority Air Navigation Order regulations.