Our Countryside Ranger Service is involved in ensuring the sustainability of North Ayrshire's natural heritage. We work towards improving biodiversity in accordance with the Ayrshire Local Biodiversity Action Plan .
- roadside verge project / survey
- creation of wild flower areas
- provision of nest boxes
- nest cam in Visitor Centre
- bumblebee garden and hives
- improvement of wetland and woodland
Biological recording gives conservation bodies an accurate picture of the state of species and habitats. It helps identify;
- where conservation efforts are needed
- sites of importance.
Our Rangers collect data for the country park and district of North Ayrshire. Data is sent to the National Biodiversity Network.
Data is collected by;
- noting sightings when out and about
- taking part in national and local surveys
- individuals submitting records
Submit wildlife sightings
Email us with details of;
- what you saw
- how many (estimate large numbers)
- when (date and time of day)
- where (6 figure grid reference) and name (eg. Lugton Water, Eglinton Country Park, near castle ruins)
- life stage (adult, juvenile, larvae)
- what it was doing (eg. feeding, flying overhead, nesting, lying up)
We are involved in wildlife 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)
Please contact us if you'd like to take part.