St Andrews golf course gets new butterfly bank and meadow

A new butterfly bank and meadow area has been created at a golf course in St Andrews.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 4:30 pm

It is the work of staff and volunteers from Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) working with the Links Trust at the Castle Course - the newest addition to St Andrews Links..

A grant from Action Earth, allowed the purchase of Scottish native wildflower seeds - 26 different native species, the majority of which originate from Fife, with the remainder sourced from nearby counties.

It includes the large purple-blue spikes of Viper’s Bugloss, and cream-coloured clouds of Meadowsweet.

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Volunteers get to work at the golf course

When the flowers begin to bloom early next year, they will attract a wide variety of nectar

feeding invertebrates such as Buff-tailed Bumblebees, Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies and Six-Spot Burnet Moths.

As the year goes on, the flowers turning to seed, a new food source is provided for other animals such as Goldfinches and Field Voles.

Dominic Rye, conservation officer, said: “Sowing the wildflower seed mix onto our newly created butterfly bank and meadow area, was the culmination of six months work, between the trusts and a team of volunteers.

Volunteers get to work at the golf course

“Working with the Links Trust to manage habitats and improve the biodiversity of the area is a vital part of our partnership.”

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Trevor Harris, deputy course manager, welcomed the creation of the butterfly bank and meadow.

He said: “We have a variety of habitats with large environmentally friendly areas, including a wet flush area that at the right time of year is covered with orchids.

“This new meadow area with a second Butterfly Bank will be a fantastic addition.”

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