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Environment and Biodiversity

Protecting the environment not just for today but for future generations

Living in a rural coastal community such as  East Haven raises awareness of the responsibility we all have  to protect the environment and promote biodiversity. East Haven Together's charitable aims are embedded in a village sustainability strategy which links all our activities to Scotland's Environment Strategy, Local and National Outcomes and  the United Nations Global Goals. Our strategy is brief but  clearly sets out how every personal or group action we take contributes towards the efforts people are making across Scotland and the rest of the world to protect the planet for future generations. 


Download Sustainability

Strategy/Action Plan

Dundee and Angus

Bird Club


Alex Shepherd - Birds


Paul Brooks -Moths

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Forestry Commission Scotland

BumbleBee Conservation Society

Conserve and Protect

Planting Kidney Vetch along the coast. The sole food plant of the Small Blue Butterfly

Removing non-native species from the SSSI and planting Lyme and Marram grasses

Elephant Hawk Moth

Identified by Amber Stewart. Photo Pete Barden

Woodlands Primary School bring presented with their Small Blue Champion Award by Catherine Lloyd, Tayside Biodiversity

Working in partnership with NatureScot to cut and maintain the SSSI

Bee and Butterfly Transect Walks


Species and Habitats

In 2016 a large community BioBlitz was held and 347 different species were identified.

Details of all species were uploaded to the biological database irecord.

Between 2016 and  2022 more than 578 species have now been discovered. We continue to upload species data to irecord to support research and analysis of environmental changes. Knowledge of  local species also guides our work to conserve  and protect habitats 

    East Haven

BioBlitz Report 2016

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The Small Blue

Species on the Edge

The Small Blue

East Haven Together has worked in partnership with East of Scotland Butterfly Conservation, Tayside Biodiversity Partnership, SNH and other community groups along the coast and at Glamis to conserve and protect the Small Blue. This beautiful little butterfly is the UK's smallest and a protected species. In a mammoth task, EHT has helped plant Kidney Vetch all along the coast from Barry Buddon up to Elliot providing a food corridor to support the butterfly which normally flies no more than 50 metres. Kidney Vetch is the sole food plant of the Small Blue.

Small Blue

Factsheet 2017

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‘Back from the Brink’ 

‘Nature of Scotland’ community initiative award Dec 2019

Coastal Adaptation

In 2019 residents became aware that a large part of the dunes was eroding due to an increase in visitor numbers. 

Following consultation we have agreed a number of immediate and longer term actions to help recovery and prevent further damage.

Hundreds of Marram and Lyme grasses have been grown from seed. These coastal grasses are the best defence against erosion as they provide a strong structure to bind the dunes.  To date we have planted around 1500 plants across the area. 

The Co-op community fund will help to make further improvements to minimise human impacts on the dunes.


Greater Yellow Rattle

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. 

East Haven Together works in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage to conserve and maintain the SSSI

In a major project in 2018 non native species were removed from the SSSI


Claire Lacey

Whale and Dolphin

Do you explore Angus’s coastal wildlife sites regularly?  Did you know you can report your whale and dolphin sightings to an Angus based community led conservation and tourism project specialising in recording cetaceans in Angus waters.  


Now in its 10th year Marine Life Angus continues to promote Angus coastal sites and species, facilitates local beach cleans, leads coastal whale and dolphin spotting walks, and collects valuable sightings data. This data, gathered by the public, has proved critical to understanding how important Angus waters are for cetacean species. Sightings have been used to create a guide to land based viewing and to provide a Realtime opportunity to see cetaceans on the Angus coast a WhatsApp group ‘Angus Cetacean Sightings’ – inspired by the successful Shetland Orca watching group – has been set up for Angus residents and visitors.


Marine Life Angus also aims to publicise other local recording and volunteering schemes including local butterflies, maritime plants, and marine non-native species. The website will be updated in 2021 and you can follow the twitter account @marinelifeangus


Since the project began there have been regular sightings at locations on the Angus coast of species including bottlenose dolphins, minke whale, porpoise, common dolphin and even humpbacks whales at Montrose Bay.


Sightings are always welcome, and the group encourage those regularly out on the coast or on inshore waters to regularly report what they see and encourage others to do so. Please contact for further information on how to get involved.

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