At the end of its 80-mile journey the River Eden spills out into the Solway Firth. This wide expanse of water, sand dunes and salt marshes is home to a huge variety of wildlife.
The estuary is important for a wide range of wildlife and is designated a Special Area of Conservation. It is recognised as one of the least-industrialised and most natural large estuaries in Europe.
The marshes, mud and sand flats that extend across this area are extensive, open and undeveloped. Rockcliffe Marsh and Burgh Marsh, amongst the most important saltmarsh systems in northwest Britain. (source: Solway Coast AONB Partnership)