This week has been all about litter. If we haven't been picking it up we have been talking about it and planning a number of events. On Wednesday we met with Keep Scotland Beautiful to start work on a Litter Prevention Action Plan and yesterday we made an announcement about the forthcoming Angus Litter Summit. More information about this event can be found on our Beautiful East Haven page. Today, it was the Great British Beach Clean in East Haven. A fantastic 18 people turned out for this event and we were inspired to find that a woman (Sandra) had travelled by bus from Banchory to help. Equally as inspiring is Rod and Sheila from Carnoustie who chose to spend their Golden Wedding Anniversary with us at the beach clean. I think it just shows how passionate people are about cleaning up our beaches and protecting our natural heritage for the future. We will now submit our data to the Marine Conservation Society who collate information from all participating beaches across Scotland. As you can see we enjoyed a cuppa and something to eat after the event which is always a great way to build friendships and get to know one another a bit better - Thank you everybody
We were thrilled to achieve Gold and Best Coastal Village at the Beautiful Scotland Awards in Dunfermline last week. We attended a wonderful ceremony supported by Fife Council in the Glen Pavillion in Pittencrief Park. I have to admit to not really taking the time to look round Dunfermline before so this was a great opportunity. The ancient town was once the capital of Scotland and home to Kings and Queens. Princess Margaret persuaded King Malcolm to build a Benedictine priory now the magnificent Dunfermline Abbey in the mid eleventh century. Ancient buildings and cobbled streets can still be seen in the centre of the town. We will definately return to Dunfermline and spend more time looking round the many tourist attractions. In the meantime, we are celebrating!
It's hard to believe that it's that time of year again but here we are on 3 September making special cuts on our Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The 500m strip in-front of the houses facing on to the sea was designated a SSSI in the 1980s to protect a rare plant called the Greater Yellow Rattle. The plant has declined in recent years so Angus Environmental Trust funded a walking strimmer to enable residents to cut the dune grasses. In two to three weeks time we will colect the grasses and remove them from the site. All the work we do is planned in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage who have responsibility for ensuring that the site is managed in the most effective way possible.
What a perfect day for our 'Coffee Tastes Better at the Bothy' event yesterday. It was held in memory of neighbour and friend Moira Scott who lived in Long Row for around 60 years prior to her death in July. Moira loved coffee at the Bothy so she would have been delighted to know that the event was held in her name and raised £615 for MacMillan Cancer Support. The sun came out at 9am and stayed out until around 8pm so we were truely blessed with the most beautiful of days. It was a fitting tribute to Moira and an opportunity to do what we do best in East Haven, good coffee, great cake and plenty of blethers.
We held another mini BioBlitz and BBQ today. It really was a mini BioBlitz as we were mising many of our wildlife people but we were able to record bees, butterflies and birds. Dorothy Fyffe and Bob McCurley from the Angus and Dundee Bird Club came down and took residents on a guided walk around the village. Paul Brooks our moth man is also down this evening trapping an identifying moths. We enjoyed a fantastic BBQ courtesy of East Haven resident John Keen. John is a great chef and prepared homemade quiches and pulled chicken to accompany the BBQ food. A great day was had by all and even the rain stayed away for most of the day.