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Biodiversity is our life

 

 

Biodiversity - "the variety of life on earth"

Our Ranger Service is involved in ensuring the sustainability of North Ayrshire's natural heritage. We work towards improving biodiversity in accordance with the Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

Projects include:

  • roadside verge project / survey
  • creation of wild flower areas
  • provision of nest boxes and hunting habitat for barn owl
  • installation of nest cam in visitor centre
  • creation of bumblebee garden and installation of bee hives
  • improvement of wetland and woodland habits

Recording Biodiversity

Biological recording is a key factor in wildlife conservation. It gives conservation bodies an accurate picture of the state of species and habitats. From there, conservation efforts can be put in place where needed. It also allows Planning departments to identify sites of importance when considering areas for development.

The North Ayrshire Ranger Service collects data for the country park and district of North Ayrshire. Data is sent to the National Biodiversity Network.

We collect data in a variety of ways:

  • by taking notes of sightings when out and about
  • by taking part in national and local surveys
  • individuals submitting records

Submit your wildlife sightings by contacting the Ranger Service with the following information:

  • what you saw
  • how many - an estimation is fine for big quantities
  • when
  • where (at least 6 figure grid reference)
  • location name (e.g. Lugton Water, Eglinton Country Park, near castle ruins)
  • life stage (i.e. adult, juvenile, larvae)
  • what it was doing (i.e. feeding, flying overhead, nesting, lying up)
  • your contact details.

The ranger service are involved in surveys including:

  • Wetland Bird (WEBS – BTO)
  • Nest box (BTO)
  • Bumblebee (Bumblebee CT)
  • Plants (Plantlife)
  • Butterfly transect (BC)
  • Bat transect (Bat CT)
  • Low land raised bog surveys (LBAP)

To take part please contact the Ranger Service.

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