Braes of the Carse Conservation Group
Whilst much of our work to date has related to planning and development matters protection and enhancement of our local environment is a priority for many of our members. We are therefore delighted to let you know that we now have final approval for funding from PKC’s Quality of Life Trust for not just one, but three different projects.
The projects are in their early stages and we hope they will become pilot projects for the Tay Landscape Partnership Scheme so that we can maximise their benefit.
The aim of the first project is to provide nest boxes, particularly for UK BAP priority bird species such as barn owl, tree and house sparrow, spotted flycatcher to try to encourage their breeding. Some species have declined due to conversion of steadings into housing and the loss of mature trees with nest holes and other habitats. Boxes would be sited in appropriate locations and group members would feed back information on the use of the boxes. A number of high quality bird boxes will also be available to purchase by members at a discounted price.
The intention of the second project is to start to restore some of the old field boundaries and tree lines by carrying out planting of native trees. This will require the support of local landowners and farmers and the assistance of members in the actual planting of the trees.
The third project aims to re-establish traditional varieties of fruit trees in the local area. The intention is to plant a number of small groups of orchard trees to increase awareness and involvement of local people in the Carse of Gowrie Historic Orchard Project. Traditional orchards are also a haven for biodiversity, encouraging a wide range of bees and other insects and over time encouraging lichens, mosses etc and eventually providing nest sites for birds and bats. The intention is that the trees will be planted in publicly accessible place and maintained by group members. Suggestions are welcome for suitable sites for fruit trees.
We will soon be looking for volunteers to help in all three projects and if you would like to become involved in any capacity at all or purchase a bird box please let our Secretary Marilyn know.
We held our 2nd AGM on 26th October at Annat Hall, Rait. We were lucky enough to have Paul McLennan, Trust Manager of the Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust, speak to us about the Tay Landscape Partnership Scheme and how it might benefit our area. Two full time development officers have just been appointed and it was clear from Paul’s talk that there would be plenty of opportunity for BCCG and its members to become involved and that the level of potential Lottery funding could make a significant difference to the whole of the Carse.
Eddie Anderson stepped down as Chair at the AGM after two years in post (although he has not escaped from the committee!) He was instrumental in setting up BCCG in 2009 and has spent many hours supporting the Group and in particular the fight against the Myreside development. We thank him for everything he has done over the past two years and wish his successor, Alison Ramsay, who takes over as Chair all the best.
For further information about joining BCCG please contact our Secretary,
Marilyn Webb 01821 670374
or apply direct on our website www.BraesoftheCarse.org
New members, whether living in the Braes area or not, are always welcome.