The history of drystane dykes in south west Scotland

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Nic Coombey

dry stone walling

As a Landscape Architect for over 30 years, Nic has increasingly specialised in the management of heritage projects in Dumfries and Galloway. An early project involved supervision of the construction of a drystone dyke and realising his complete lack of knowledge in the field he signed up to a week long dyking course during a cold February in 1998 at the Barony College. 26 years later Nic is chair of the SW Scotland Branch of the Drystone Walling Association and a drystone dyking instructor in his spare time.

His work now involves delivering coastal projects for Solway Firth Partnership and he is working on a variety of projects from exploring the constraints and opportunities of delivering 200 miles of cleaner coast to promoting a community science scheme recording the rich diversity of seaweeds growing on the shore.