Post by rogergriffith on Sept 2, 2013 18:05:11 GMT
SNAPS has proved it versatility at this site that is managed by North Ayrshire Council (NAC) as a Local Nature Reserve. The Redburn Activity Agreement Group are working with the NAC Ranger Service to identify wildlife habitats and to record land use, industrial archaeology, desire lines, etc.
The two major threats to the site are the alien and highly invasive Japanese Rose (Rosa rugosa) and secondly the destruction of the sand stabilising Marram Grass through trampling by pedestrian users - so called 'desire lines'. SNAPS very clearly shows up these major and lesser pedestrian routes as well as the areas where the dunes have become unstable. Because the Japanese Rose thickets are a distinctive green it is very clear where the plant has established itself, indeed the aerial view has provided rather shocking evidence as to the extent of the task facing the management group and has provided proof of the problem that cannot easily be obtained objectively by other 'ground based' means.