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Irvine Towns Moor
Irvine Moor, as it is also known, has been the site of an annual horse race since medievil times. The Marymass Festival is held here every August. It is a large area of open grassland and scrub, rich in plants and invertrbrates because of its well-drained, sandy substrate and simple cutting regime. The gorse, however, that is prone to overwhelming the other habitats, requires controlling to ensure meadow and bare sand are available for the insects.
Irvine Golf Course
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Irvine Beach Park
Irvine's largest public greenspace is the perfect place to punctuate the useful cut-grass areas with plots of pollinator-fiendly habitat - allowing insects to travel between the lovely, flowery sand dunes and the gardens, riverbanks, parks and hedgerows of Ayrshire. A good place to promote the Nectar network message too.
A heather and gorse dominated landscape, Gailes Links provides a a long season of abundant nectar and pollen for a plethora of invertebrates. Efforts here are focused on heather establishment and bare sand scrapes for mining bees.
A Scottish Wildlife Trust wildlife reserve fashioned out of disused sand and gravel pits in the 1980s. The sand banks, ponds, woodland and riverbank are now a haven for invertebrates, plants and birds. Ongoing work is required to prevent scrub taking over the open habitats and pond edges where flower diveristy is high and attractive to insects.
A Scottish Wildlife Trust wildlife reserve amongst the Irvine golf courses. The reserve has dry coastal grassland, marshland and a large pond, all sheltered by mixed woodland. Wildflowers grow naturally thanks to seasonal horse grazing which keeps down unfavourable species. Bare sand is regularly re-created to encourage germination of kidney vetch, the sole food plant of the small blue butterfly.
Western Gailes Golf Course
Designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its invertebrates and sand dunes, Western Gailes is a real haven for pollinators. A range of projects, from wildflower sowing to bare sand scrapes can be undertaken here.
One of the first sites to be involved in the Nectar Network, Dundonald Links features large areas of flower-rich rough that they maintain by cutting and clearing annually. With its grassy mounds, sand hollows, ponds and heather banks, this gof course is teeming with all sorts of wildlife throughout the year.
Oldhall Ponds is a Scottish Wildlife Trust wildlife reserve consisting of willow carr, plantation woodland and meadow associated with two attractive ponds. A large area of poor grassland is being transformed into flower-rich habitat through a programme of cutting and sowing.
Land belonging to the GSK factory in Irvine has been dedicated to pollinators, allowing them safe passage between the neighbouring wildlife reserve and the River Irvine corridor. GSK staff used their volunteer day, Orange Day, to create a wildflower meadow, plant flowering trees and construct three large insect hotels.
Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Course
A 27-hole golf course with a whole host of different habitats, ranging from dune grassland to marsh and heathland. Works here focuses on wildflower sowing, heather restoration and the creation of bare sand scrapes for mining bees.
UPM Caledonian Paper
Two pieces of land belonging to the papermill have been sown with wildflowers and brought into appropriate management.
One is a wide roadside verge that will be cut and collected once a year. The other is a field where horses spend part of the year and the rest of the time in a similar field on a wildlife reserve.
With its woodland, grassland, wetland, ponds, water-filled channels and two large ponds, this Scottish Wildlife Trust wildlife reserve hosts a great many plant and animal species. Along with the mammals, amphibians and songbirds, this site is excellent for invertebrates. Ongoing work to increase native woodland and diversify the other habitats will provide numerous niches for pollinators.
Darley Golf Course
Located amongst a cluster of golf courses that are also part of the Nectar Network, Darley is a traditional links site with extensive pockets of gorse and heather. As an ideal spot for the small blue butterfly, Darley can provide its all important food plant, the kidney vetch.
Sustrans Troon Cycle Path
Sustrans Route 7 runs 19 miles along the Ayrshire coastline, passing through Irvine, Troon, Prestwick and Ayr. Its linear nature provides a good opportunity for creating a pollinator corridor connecting sites. The path through Troon has been sown with the Nectar Network coastal wildflower mix, bringing joy to cyclists and insects alike.
Lochgreen Golf Course
Located amongst a cluster of golf courses that are also part of the Nectar Network, Lochgreen Golf Course is an inland links with extensive swathes of gorse and grassland throughout. As an ideal spot for the small blue butterfly, Lochgreen can provide its all important food plant, the kidney vetch.
This is an old woodland on the edge of Troon looked after by volunteers from the local community. There are winding paths between mature trees such as beech and oak. Where a gap in the canopy lets in light, a nectar glade has been created by sowing wildflowers attractive to butterflies and bees.
Royal Troon Golf Course
This is a classic links site featuring two 18-hole golf courses, edged by a nationally important sand dune and sporting significant stands of dune scrub and coastal grassland. Royal Troon embraces sustainable golf course management and takes great care to protect nature, including maintaining good cover of kidney vetch, the all important food plant of the small blue butterfly.
Prestwick Golf Course
A pure links course with undulating sand hills and a dominance of marram and fine-leaved grass. Prestwick is home to a mosaic of different coastal habitats with a greT diversity of flora and fauna. Several large areas have been selected for wildflower establishment, including a new wetland.
Monkton and Prestwick Cemetery
Wildflowers within the woodland burial site at Monkton and Prestwick Cemetery create a beautiful final resting place as well as valuable pollinator resources.
Belleisle Park consists of two 18-hole parkland golf courses, Belleisle and Seafield, and the Belleisle Estate itself. Areas of the golf courses will be sown with the bespoke Nectar Network wildflower mix. See the Nectar section of the website for a peek at the wildflowers we sow.
Within the two hospital campuses there are around 28 hectares of green space open to the public for everyone to enjoy. This includes mature woodland, open grassland, a pond and an orchard. There are plenty of paths and seating areas, the ethos being that spending time in the outdoors is good for our mental and physical wellbeing. Physical activities, called the 'green gym', include improving areas for pollinators.
Culzean Country Park
This beautiful National Trust for Scotland estate has extensive mature woodland policies with associated ponds, formal gardens and lawns - set atop formidable natural cliffs beside a dramatic rocky shore-line. Its significant plant diversity, particularly in the numerous herbaceous borders, makes it a hotspot for pollinators and a key component of the Nectar Network.
DJ Dunabie Caravan Park, Maidens
The management of this large strip of coastal grassland belonging to the caravan park can tailored to increase and maintain flowering plants beneficial to pollinators. Species present include common knapweed, bird's-foot trefoil, red clover and Burnet-saxifrage.
Trump Turnberry Resort
Renowned for the quality of its golf courses and scenic views, Turnberry is also nationally important for its wildlife and habitats e.g. The sand dunes are home to two nationally rare beetles. This classic links site also features large areas of flower-rich rough, sand hollows and heather banks, ensuring pollinators are provided for throughout the year.
William Grant & Sons Distillery
Land inside the Girvan distillery grounds has been dedicated to pollinators, allowing them safe passage between the warehouses and other structures. Workers from the distillery volunteered to plant flowering trees as well as construct a bee hotel from barrels and other materials sourced on site.
The Nestle factory in Girvan has an area of ground dedicated to wildlife that is managed by local school children. Improvements for pollinators are ongoing, including putting in early-flowering hedgerow plants, sowing wildflowers, leaving dead plant stems standing overwinter for hibernating insects and working on the pond.
Girvan Golf Club
A golf course of two halves, one being a true links the other with a more parkland-like feel. As well as creating wildflower areas, a small pond is planned to offer a different habitat.