Community Habitat Restoration
Throughout the Garnock Connections landscape there are several pockets of special habitat that hold some wonderful wildlife. Working together with local community groups we will be protecting and enhancing these habitats to help create new homes for nature, and ensuring local people can experience some of the wonderful wildlife on their doorstep.
As part of this project we are working with FRIENDS and the North Ayrshire Ranger Service to install special fencing at Stevenston Dunes which will help capture sand and restore a dune system that is unique in south west Scotland. Nearby, at Ardeer Quarry, we will be planting over three hectares of woodland to benefit biodiversity and provide an improved recreation experience for people using the park. Finally, at Giffenmill Meadows near Barrmill, we are working with the Barrmill Conservation Group to create new wetlands that will benefit a range of wildlife including wading birds and amphibians.
While these projects are small individually, put together we start to see a larger benefit for wildlife and people in the Garnock Connections landscape. Add these to the other habitat projects within Garnock Connections and we have the beginnings of a whole network of new and improved habitats across the area which will have benefits for years to come. At the core of these projects are the local community groups who work so hard to protect and enhance their natural heritage, without their hard work and commitment none of this would be possible.
This project is also funded through the Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund.
Did you know?
The Six Spot Burnet Moth is a truly wonderful sight on Stevenston dunes during the summer months, if you are lucky you may see hundreds of these attractive moths on the wing during sunny days.
Photo credit: RSPB images