Improving Biodiversity in South Ayrshire

 12 February 2021  |  

Improving Biodiversity in South Ayrshire

Improving Biodiversity in South Ayrshire

We're introducing a new pilot to develop wildflower meadows in South Ayrshire, reinforcing our commitment to improving biodiversity in the area.

Annual and perennial meadows, alongside areas with an altered grass cutting regime, will feature across eight sites and will help to create a more diverse habitat for wildlife and plants. The pilot sites will be in a variety of locations including parks, general public space and housing areas.

Interest in wildflower meadows has increased over the last year as normal maintenance was not possible during periods of lockdown, and vast amounts of diverse plant material were able to flourish.  

The sites will be prepared towards the end of this month, and our Park Rangers will keep a close eye on each one to evaluate which area has the greatest biodiversity benefit.  

Councillor Ian Cochrane, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Environment said: "Biodiversity is an integral part of our action to address the impact of climate change on our native species. I'm really pleased that we're encouraging the development of wildflower meadows to create a friendlier environment for plants and wildlife."

"We want to make South Ayrshire a better place to live, and promoting a sustainable and green environment is a key part of our future. I'm looking forward to seeing how these meadows develop over the next few months."

You can find out more about our Park Rangers by visiting their Facebook page.