Clear up on Auchtermuchty Common

Ready for work, from left - Alasdair Macdonald, Nick Ince, Catriona Macdonald, Polly Murray, Elspeth Christie, Mike King and Caroline King.
Ready for work, from left - Alasdair Macdonald, Nick Ince, Catriona Macdonald, Polly Murray, Elspeth Christie, Mike King and Caroline King.

MACDUFF Trust volunteers have started work on a project to restore and conserve the biodiversity of Auchtermuchty Common.

The trust – which owns and manages the 12-hectare common for the people of the town – has secured 100 per cent funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Fife Environment Trust and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to carry out the three-five year conservation project.

A report from Scottish Natural Heritage in the summer found the grassland was in an unfavourable condition and grazing on a more regular basis was said to be the best option for improvement.

Thanks to the £62,500 funding package, permanent grazing areas will be created and the ‘Flying Flock’ of sheep belonging to the Scottish Wildlife Trust will graze the common in rotation for most of the year and help battle the encroaching scrub and willow herb.