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Boosting the birds at Gailes Marsh

Gailes Marsh Wildlife Reserve is a rare pocket of wetland and mixed woodland in the fairly open, generally dry habitats along the Irvine coast.  It supports good numbers of birds but there is the potential for more including several of conservation concern. New habitat can be created for them by digging large scrapes at the edge of the pond that will fill with water, creating brambly log piles from felled conifers and building a new sand martin nesting structure.  Renewing the fence will contain the horses needed to stop the rushes from spreading and keep the insect-rich grassland in the right condition.

Gailes Marsh is at the heart of a programme to re-introduce the Small Blue Butterfly to Ayrshire so this site is also part of Garnock’s Buzzing

Did you know?

The Small Blue Butterfly is the UK’s smallest.  It only lays its eggs on one plant – the kidney vetch (Anthyllis vulgaris).   Only one egg tends to be laid per flower head as the young caterpillars can be cannibalistic.

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Get Involved

The Scottish Wildlife Trust runs a volunteer programme and organises events on its reserves, both in Ayrshire and throughout Scotland. For events and volunteering in Ayrshire, contact us using the details provided for this project. For volunteering elsewhere, contact the Trust’s Head Office on 0131 312 7765 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Details

Name:
Gill Smart, Scottish Wildlife Trust's Manager for Southwest Scotland

Email:
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Phone:
01294 279 376

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