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.
Check out the images for a bird's-eye view of the new, meandering burn.
While it's still early days, we've already spotted otter and water rail making use of the new-look burn. The Scottish Wildlife Trust are planting a mixture of trees and wildflowers along the banks, making it even more of a haven for wildlife.
800m of the Dundonald Burn meandered
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