Meandering the Dundonald Burn
The Dundonald Burn flows through Shewalton Wood Wildlife Reserve. Prior to this project commencing, it had high, straight sides which were a result of historical land improvements for industry and agriculture. Heavy rain would dislodge plants and silt, removing any developing wildlife interest and sending dirty water down to the River Irvine. The flow also caused flooding and the burn's vertical banks were species-poor.
Now however, the burn has gentle bends with shallow banks. This slows the water down, trapping silt and giving wildlife a chance to thrive. Native wildflowers and trees are now being planted to enhance the habitat even further.
Check out the images for a bird's-eye view of the new, meandering burn.
Did you know?
The Dundonald burn is ideal habitat for the European Eel (Anguilla anguilla), a species whose populations have crashed in recent years, resulting it being put on the critically endangered list. Our project will make sure the new channel has plenty of suitable refuges and foraging areas for eels.
Image: Common eel © Marine Scotland