Garnock Connections

A member of the Conservation Scotland community

About Garnock Connections

Garnock Connections is a suite of 25 projects that will restore a network of wildlife habitats and historic sites across the landscape, as well as encourage local people to become involved through public engagement opportunities.

The initiative will be coordinated by the Garnock Connections Landscape Partnership, which is made up of RSPB Scotland (lead partner), North Ayrshire Council, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) acting as an advisory body.

Garnock Connections has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Great British Beach Clean

It's time for the 26th Great British Beach Clean, part of the International Coastal Clean Up.

We'll be taking part at Stevenston Beach, alongside the Marine Conservation Society and local volunteer, Ian Cassidy. The event is open to anyone and everyone, so why not come along and help us tidy up this stunning bit of coastline?

Meet at the pavilion at 10:30am, where we will go through a few safety details and provide litter-pickers, gloves and bags. You can also bring your own equipment too.

Please dress appropriately for the weather, be it waterproofs or sun cream (or both!). For more information, including risk assessments, visit the MCS website or email
21 Sep 2019 at 10:30am
until 21 Sep 2019 at 12:00pm
Stevenston Beach
KA20 3LY

Magnificent Moths

Come along to see what exciting moths have entered our traps overnight at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Garnock Floods reserve.

Moths often look like leaves or flowers. Their amazing colours will surprise you! Learn all about magnificent moths!

Meet at 10am Tuesday 27th August at Garnock Floods Reserve.

Suitable for All Ages

For more information please contact : Melissa Shaw T :07802 655705 E :
27 Aug 2019 at 10:00am
until 27 Aug 2019 at 11:00am
Garnock Floods

Have a go - Coastal Rowing

Volunteers on the Building Communities by Building Boats have spent the last few months working with the Scottish Maritime Museum to build two St Ayles skiffs. Very shortly these two boats, the Garnock and the Avocet, will be finished and ready to go in the water.

To celebrate this achievement we would like to invite you to join us at the Scottish Maritime Museum for a day of fun activities.

  • Try your hand at rowing one of our new skiffs
  • Find out about the other work Garnock Connections are doing at the harbourside and across the landscape
  • Discover the wildlife of the Bogside SSSI and learn what makes Irvine harbour so unusual
  • Kids activities
We'll be at the Scottish Maritime Museum's Puffers Cafe on Saturday the 20th July, from 11:00 - 16:00 (Have a go rowing from 11:30)
20 Jul 2019 at 11:00am
until 20 Jul 2019 at 4:00pm
Scottish Maritime Museum's Puffers Cafe
KA12 8QG

Pollinator ID Training day

A free workshop on an introduction to pollinating insects!

Pollinators are vital in the production of many of our fruits including apples and strawberries, many of them are also visually very attractive. There are over 4,000 species of pollinating insects in the UK and this includes bees, flies, butterflies, moths and beetles! This free workshop is an opportunity to learn more about the diversity of pollinators, identification of some of the commonly seen species and how to survey and monitor them using Flower-Insect-Timed Counts.

Led by Scotland's Manager for Buglife, Suzanne Burgess, you'll have the opportunity to learn in an engaging way and put your new skills to the test!

This event will include both indoor and outdoor activities, with fieldwork in the afternoon taking place at Gailes Marsh. Please bring along your lunch, sturdy footwear and warm clothes. If you have a hand lens or any insect guides please feel free to bring them along on the day.

For any further details, please contact;

Photo credit: RSPB Images
19 Jul 2019 at 10:00am
until 19 Jul 2019 at 3:00pm
Western Gailes Golf Club
Gailes Road
KA11 5AE

Tree Planting Day at Milgarholm, Irvine

Ever wanted to learn how to plant native Aspen trees?

Learn new skills!

Why not come along on Thursday 25th July 10am-12pm.

Meet at Turnberry Wynd, Irvine, KA11 4DP

Contact: to sign up or for more information or phone 07595 655174
25 Jul 2019 at 10:00am
until 25 Jul 2019 at 12:00pm
Turnberry Wynd
KA11 4DP