Organised by Ayrshire Rotary Clubs
It’s “No Joke!” – the amount of winter-storm litter on our beaches again this year, which is why – on Saturday, April 1st – the Rotary Clubs of Girvan, Alloway, Ayr, Prestwick, and Troon are once again holding their very popular Annual Spring Clean – in conjunction with South Ayrshire Council, who uplift all the litter we collect.
This year we are helping with the Marine Conservation Society’s “Wild Bottle Sighting” nationwide survey. So instead of an April First “Hunt the Gowk” we will be doing “Hunt the Plastic Bottle” – over the nineteen miles of beaches to be cleaned between Girvan and Troon!
Plastic bottles are the scourge of our beaches and probably make up about 60-70% of all our beach clean rubbish. Some governments abroad now have a return bottle charge on all plastic bottles – with great success – and pressure is mounting for our own UK and Scottish governments to do likewise. read more…
The next work on Smugglers Brae near Dunure was to top dress the steps with some stone chips, to give it a good walking surface. A hardy bunch of Pathminders braved the bitter weather on Saturday 11 February 2017, and bagged up and delivered 5 tonnes of chips to the bottom of the steps, some distance away.
By chance a group of ramblers were heading north and came down the newly completed steps just as we were finishing. Hope you enjoyed the scenery (and the steps!) The Travelling Dangleburys Walking Group. More work will be done on the Brae on the next few weeks to complete the job. And a special thanks to Angus Craig, the local farmer, for helping out with his quad bike.
You will remember when Natalie attended the Rotary Club of Ayr meeting in July last year. She was attempting a 6000-mile journey round the coast of Great Britain in memory of her five year old daughter Elizabeth who died in December 2015 – and hoping to raise £100,000 for Bristol Children’s Hospital. In fact she topped this target with a fantastic £115,000!
The Club presented Natalie with a new pair of boots, to help her on her way and a few members walked alongside her on part of the Ayrshire Coastal Path.
Congratulations Natalie on competing your walk!
One of our Pathminders, Ron Ireland, took this photo of a stranded seal on 8 February 2017, at Bracken Bay. Apart from that, Ron spotted a couple of Roe deer, nesting ravens in the Fisherton Gulley and various other species.
If you are able to snap any interesting wildlife, please post them on our Facebook page or send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Now that Fisherton Gully steps are complete, we have started on Smugglers Brae, near Dunure. A big task for our Pathminders squad, but favourable weather has allowed us to make good progress. Here Ron Ireland, retired civil engineer, surveys the first of a proposed 29 steps.
And a satisfactory morning’s work can be seen.
Literally on the Coastal Path – filming location scenes at Dunure Harbour. So our apologies to any walkers who stumbled back into the 18th Century today on reaching Dunure. An unexpected encounter – but an interesting one. Here today and gone tomorrow – which will conveniently let us begin work on the Smugglers’ Brae steps the next day. New “Pathminders” are always welcome to join our volunteers.
The Pathminders have completed building work on the new steps for the present, and have installed a welcome bench for weary walkers at the top of the brae, which is already being well used. In April, once his top field dries out, the farmer will dump a load of bottoming on site to surface the step treads.
IRRESPONSIBLE WALKERS WITH DOGS FORCE PERMANENT CLOSURE OF CLIFFTOP SECTION OF AYRSHIRE COASTAL PATH FROM CURRARIE PORT TO LANGDALE FARM.
Since 2008, we have repeatedly emphasised on the Website, the Guide Book, and our Farming and Outdoor Access panels at either end of this section, about the necessity of keeping all dogs at home – or on their leads when passing through fields of livestock – and that failure of walkers to act responsibly could easily result in closure of a part of the Coastal Path.
In January 2016,, two young people with local accents ignored the “temporary closure” notices at Currarie Port road-end, read more…
The generous gift of a large number of old sleepers from Turnberry Golf Course, together with a mild early winter, has allowed our Pathminder Squad to push ahead with an ambitious maintenance and improvement programme. Having recently completed vital dune protection work at Pow Burn, Prestwick, we are now well advanced with step reconstruction on the upper part of the Fisherton Gully; and hope to start to build 20-25 new steps up the slippery slopes of Smugglers Brae, Dunure, early in the New Year. With “Work in Progress” we would ask walkers to take extra care when negotiating these areas. Any new Pathminder volunteers very welcome!