Earlier this year we had several complaints from walkers, photographers and campers about the area around the practice ground on the way to the Langness Lighthouse because of the number of barbeques, fly tipping, chemical waste and dogs without leashes. The main cause of this was that a small minority of campers were not looking after the area. We had several discussions with our MHK and a DEFA Liason Officer for specific issues from an ASSI protection perspective to find the best solution for this. After site inspections it was decided that the bird sanctuary had to be protected and that preventing camper vans from parking there months on end would be the only solution. Wooden posts were planted and the results have been incredible. Here is a short extract from one e-mail that we received:
I wanted to record my gratitude for the actions taken to preserve the ASSI at Langness. I am no expert, but all the enthusiasts I speak to have spoken about the increase in activity and the species we are seeing on and around the golf course. I am convinced that removing people almost “living” on the area has had a marked beneficial effect for the wildlife, even in the short period since you were able to achieve this. Leaving a period where the birds can roost and or hunt undisturbed over the foreshore is we feel showing a dividend. For instance this week alone we have seen and photographed Short Eared Owls, Hen Harrier, Merlin and today, two very rare sights Water Rail and perhaps the highlight a Kingfisher at the Dubh.
A few photos of birds on Langness: