Meandering the Dundonald Burn
The Dundonald Burn flows through Shewalton Wood Wildlife Reserve. Its high, straight sides are a result of historical land improvements for industry and agriculture. When there is heavy rain, plants and silt are dislodged by fast flowing water, removing any developing wildlife interest and sending dirty water down to the River Irvine. The flow also causes flooding and the vertical banks are species-poor. In order to slow down the flow and trap the silt, the intention is to create gentle bends in the water course, with shallow banks. Native wildflowers and trees will be planted to improve conditions for wildlife.
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