The North Ayrshire Ranger Service has established an outstation at the Spier's Old School Grounds near Beith as an amenity for the communities of the Garnock Valley, namely Dalry, Kilbirnie, Longbar, Beith, Gateside and Barrmill. The NAC Garnock Valley Ranger, although based at Eglinton Country Park (01294-551776) works with schools, youth groups, adult organisations, volunteers, etc. in the Garnock Valley.
The Ranger is co-ordinating the restoration and maintenance of Spier's, working with groups such as Youth Making Beith Better, Garnock Academy pupils, Beith Primary School, Gateside Primary, Outreach, Youth Services, Friends of Spier's, James Watt College, etc. The Friends of Spiers (FoS) work at the parklands from 11am to 3pm on the first Saturday of every month.
A major input at present is the work being done with the Barrmill and District Communities Association at the Barrmill Park. The Barrmill Conservation Group works from 11am to 3pm on the second Saturday of every month and a free lunch and afternoon tea is provided by the ladies of the Community Association.
Spier's and Barrmill have their own Friends of Spiers facebook pages and wikipedia websites. Spier's is also on Tripadvisor.
A series of events are based at Spier's and/or at Barrmill, including Easter Egg Hunts, guided walks, Bat walks, the Halloween Scarenight, Local History walks, mid-week walks, open days and educational events such as tree identification courses.
Kilbirnie Loch lies within the remit, involving patrols, attendance at the management group meetings, etc. A Kilbirnie Loch Wikipedia website has been written by the Ranger. covering local history, natural history, usage by clubs, etc.
The Ranger also visits schools, delivers powerpoint presentations, assists private individuals with wildlife management issues, and helps with a wide range of environmental issues.
North Ayrshire Ranger Service Events 2016
Fri 2 Sept 7pm Bat Walk** Speirs Old School Grounds, Beith
Fri 16 Sept 7pm Bat Walk** Ardeer Quarry LNR & Ardeer Park
Thur 13 Oct 10.30am-Noon Family Autumn Walk** Speirs Old School Grounds, Beith
Sun 16 Oct 2 – 4pm Shore Walk Irvine Beach Park - Western Gailes SSSI (Meet at the Pilot House)
**Booking required as spaces limited
A list of all Ranger events scheduled for 2016 is available to download (PDF, 8.97Mb)
North Ayrshire Roving Volunteers
The Roving Volunteers are a group of enthusiastic people that assist with conservation activities within designated lands and open spaces throughout North Ayrshire. The North Ayrshire District Ranger Service co-ordinate a variety of practical conservation tasks, wildlife surveys and habitat enhancement works to benefit the environment and local communities. Whether you want to meet new people, learn new skills, gain knowledge or be part of your local community we have something for everyone. We meet throughout the year with both weekday and weekend options. For more information contact us on 01294 551776 or email GraemeWalla@north-ayrshire.gov.uk
For more information and to book on any of the activities please contact –
North Ayrshire Ranger Service (District)
T: 01294 551776