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The Countryside of Ayrshire

Discover the countryside of Ayrshire on your doorstep or on holiday



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East Ayrshire Countryside
Information on nature reserves & wildlife sites, parks & open spaces, biodiversity and outdoor access.

Ayshire & Arran - VisitScotland
Scroll down to view off the beaten track walking ideas and information.

Countryside - East Ayrshire Council
Nature & Conservation, Country Parks, Parks and Outdoor Activities.

Ayrshire Paths
Ayrshire paths, walking, cycling, hiking and touring Ayrshire by paths and walkways...

Ayrshire Wildlife Trust Group
Meet like minded people at this local Scottish Wildlife Trust group.

Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park
Scotland’s Largest Regional Park with information on the sites within and outdoor activity ideas.

Nature conservation sites
North Ayrshire Council presents areas of protected wildlife and geology in North Ayrshire.

Strathclyde & Ayrshire: what to see
Location ideas from Scottish Natural Heritage.

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve
Biospheres, are places with world-class environments...

Protected areas of North Ayrshire
Some details of sites at Wikipedia.

South West Scotland Environmental Information Centre
SWSEIC works throughout Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire...

Ayrshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
Find out more about the society or join like minded people.

South Ayrshire Paths
We want to spread the word about walking opportunities in South Ayrshire...

Sponsored Listings
Please get in touch to apply

The National Trust for Scotland
A vital conservation charity protecting Scotland's coast, wilderness, wildlife and countryside for the good of all. Funded largely by donations, membership is very affordable, comes with a raft of benefits and supports their work.

Latest News

  • End of Season

    Hello all, As with most groups and associations, we have taken the decision to end our season early due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. We hope to be back with a new season starting in September, although will be following any guidelines still in place at the time. We hope to produce a small newsletter within the next month or so, which will be posted out to members if it is […]

  • Calendar 2020 Photography Submission Guidelines

    In our April newsletter, we introduced our theme for our 2020 calendar submissions and asked people to start thinking about and photographing their ideas for submission. The theme is ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ for a broad spectrum of wildlife across the UK. We do ask that the submissions are native UK species, however we have opened up the gates for a wide […]

  • Arran Bird Report - Available Now

    Don’t forget, the Arran Bird Report 2018 is now available!  This recent publication is a ‘must’ for anyone interested in the birds of Arran. It includes information on all species seen on Arran, a month by month summary of what was around last year, the impact of weather on birds, information on ringed birds, reports on some of Arran's bird projects plus […]

  • Birdwatching in the Three Towns

    Some people think that to see interesting wildlife, you have to travel for miles, but it’s surprising how many birds can be seen in the Three Towns area and how many unusual visitors have been spotted locally. Starting up at Ardrossan North Shore, you can see large waders like curlew, redshank and oystercatcher, while offshore you can find mallard, wigeon, mute swans and […]

  • 40 Years and Counting - Big Garden Birdwatch 2019

    This weekend brings us the 40th year of the Big Garden Birdwatch and we hope you can all get involved and make it the biggest year ever! It only takes an hour of your time and the information is extremely useful for watching and predicting trends in garden birds.  Goldfinches at the feeder, photo by John Bridges ( More information on how to participate […]

  • Wildlife Friendly Gardening

    One common question our group members often get asked is about feeding the birds – Group Leader Andy and wife, Jan have asked and answered the most pressing questions related to setting up your own bird café! Why Feed? “Because it is good for the birds” is part of the answer but “because I enjoy it” is the other part. Watching birds is fun […]

  • A new season awaits

    It's been a while since our website was updated. But, we're still here! We've uploaded the latest edition of our Group Newsletter, along with a few missing editions. The syllabus for the new season has also been updated, with the first meeting on Friday 8th September when Paula Maughan & Susan Montgomerie will give a talk about Birds in Art.  

  • Duncan Watt

    It is with great sadness that we report the passing of past group leader Duncan Watt on Sunday 28th August. Duncan was a driving force for the group for over 30 years and he will be sorely missed by the friends he made during his time as leader. He will also be missed in the wider community for his artistic achievements. Most of all, Duncan leaves a lasting legacy in nature […]

  • Autumn 2016 newsletter

    Our Autumn 2016 Newsletter is now available to read and download by clicking here. Tags: newsletter

  • Spring 2016 Newsletter

    Our Spring 2016 Newsletter is now available to read and download by clicking here.

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