WWT Consulting has the pleasure to work for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland to deliver a wetland creation and enhancement scheme in North Ayrshire.
WWT Consulting was contracted by RSPB Scotland last March to carry out physical and ecological surveys at three sites in North Ayrshire (Garnock Floods, Dundonald Burn and Dubbs Water) in order to inform detailed designs for hydrological management, wetland habitat creation and wetland restoration. All three areas are known to have lost part of their original ecological value; the project, part of the wider Garnock Connections Landscape Partnership, aims to restore the ecological and hydrological functions of each wetland site as far as possible.
The team carried out eco-hydrological walkover surveys at all three sites as well as physical surveys including soil sampling and topographic surveys to assess the suitability of each area for the proposed wetland habitat developments.
As a result, over 7 ha of wetland habitat would be created/enhanced under this scheme at Garnock Floods, Dundonald Burn and Dubbs Water. The newly created wetland habitats, when built, aim to provide foraging and breeding habitat for waterbirds (Lapwing and Snipe in particular) as well as restore natural function to the wetlands.