East Haven is the only known place in Scotland where the Greater Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus Angustifolius) grows naturally.
Although quite similar to the much more common yellow rattle the upper teeth of the greater yellow rattle’s yellow petals are
twice as long as they are wide and are violet tinged. The flower is sometimes described as a canary getting out of bed.
The Easthaven site of special scientific interest (SSSI) is
a strip of land approx. 500 metres long by 50 metres wide. Scottish Natural Heritage are responsible for the SSSI and residents bordering the site have to comply with a number of restrictions
under the Nature Conservation Act 2004. Most of them are common sense restrictions such as not cultivating the site or adding manure, fertilisers or lime.
Scottish Natural Heritage
commissioned a report in 2002 which explored the Ecology, Monitoring and Management of the plant in East Haven. A copy can be downloaded at the end of this page.