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    Garnock Connections

    Connecting people and places within the Landscape


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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 are 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.

Working with FRIENDS and the North Ayrshire Ranger Service, we have installed 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, our Green Network Trainees have planted over two thousand trees, creating a new woodland for both people and wildlife. Finally, at Giffenmill Meadows near Barrmill, we have been working with the Barrmill Conservation Group to create new wetlands that are benefiting a range of wildlife including wading birds and amphibians.

The final stage of this project is to install new dipping platforms at Giffenmill, allowing more people to enjoy the wildlife of this beautiful spot.

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.


Outputs achieved so far:

6000 trees planted

180 square metres of ponds created

1400 square metres of dunes protected


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

Project Location

Contact Details

Neal Lochrie

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RSPB Lochwinnoch, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4JF

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