Hunterston Local Development Plan

Anne McCall, RSPB

In June this year we learned that the plans for a massively polluting coal-fired power station on the SSSI at Hunterston had been dropped. This was a great victory for the environment and public campaigning. We need to ensure North Ayrshire Council safeguard this important wildlife site for the future.

North Ayrshire Council has opened a consultation on a revised Local Development Plan. We are pleased that mention of the coal-fired power station has been removed, but unfortunately other development proposals still threaten the SSSI and the important wildlife within it. We need you to take action and write to North Ayrshire Council expressing your concern that this site, which is protected for its special wildlife, has been earmarked for development.

Meeting Programmes

The evening programme of the Ayrshire Branch of the SWT and details of the outdoor programme of the Central RSPB Group/Ayrshire SOC are now posted on the Events Page.  This page also has the details of the change of venue for the SOC Conference held on 26-28 October in Aviemore.

Club Newsletters

It is awful to think that Autumn is (almost) upon us and the new season of club events about to get started. To get things going we have the latest newsletters from the Ayrshire SOC and the Central Ayrshire RSPB Members’ Group and a special Sea-bird Special. (Note these are all PDF documents and should open automatically in your browser.If they don’t, then please ask Mr Google for help). Click on the links below to view the newsletters.

Site Defaced

Recently some son-of-a-batchelor got into the Ayrshire Birding site and defaced the administration pages.  The only publicly visible sign of this was Google showing links from the site to dodgy pharmaceutical vendors.  Now, you may have visited this site in search of their products, but I’m afraid since they didn’t offer to share the profits with me we had to part company.  I’m afraid it wasn’t amicable: I’ve just trashed the old site and completely rebuilt it from backups with a clean installation.  Things are mostly back to normal but bear with me for the next week or so as I nail things down.  Fortunately the only “sensitive” information on the site are some photos that claim to be from Ayrshire but I suspect were taken in Galloway…

The whole thing has re-enforced two things:

  1. Always do backups
  2. Always do backups!!

Republication of two classic books by J. M. McWilliam

Roger Ratcliffe

Two sought-after bird guides by the Rev. J. M. McWilliam, a founding member and Honorary President of the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, have been republished as eBooks. Proceeds are being donated to the SOC. The Birds of the Island of Bute (1927) and The Birds of the Firth of Clyde (1936) have long been collectors’ items with copies sometimes selling for more than £100.

Forthcoming Events

Next season’s evening programme of events for the Central Ayrshire RSPB group and their outdoor programme in conjunction with the Ayrshire SOC group are now on the Events page. Events for other organisations will be posted if and when I receive them (did you notice that subtle hint to their committees?)

Update 16-June: SOC Ayrshire Branch picked up the hint – their winter programme is now posted.

Ayrshire Bird Report 2010

The Ayrshire Bird Report 2010 has now been published. Please see the Bird Report section for the contents and where to get a copy.