29. Aug, 2018

Cutting the SSSI

This week has seen one of our residents making a special cut of the dune grasses and plants along  the Site of Special Scientifc Interest (SSSI). In partnership with Scottish Natual Heritage residents cut a 5m strip along the entire length. The SSSI in East Haven was designated in the late 1980s due to it being the only place in Scotland where the Greater Yellow Rattle grows naturally. In the 1940s - 1960 the grasses were bruned annuallly by residents. We can no longer burn it but by making a cut with a walking scythe we can encourage and stimulate this rare plant and other wild flowers to grow. The grasses will lie for a fortnight before being uplifted in a mammoth task on 12 September.