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 | Stevenston Dunes | by Iain Hamlin


 

Stevenston Dunes forms part of Stevenston Beach Local Nature Reserve and is the last fully forming sand dune system left in North Ayrshire.

 

Getting there...

There is a car park beside the dunes at NS267409.  If travelling by bus, one can alight at Stevenston Cross, then head down New Street, following the road as it becomes Station Road and then Shore Road.  Keep right along Shore Road; it terminates in the car park by the dunes.  If travelling by train, one should alight at Stevenston station and head down Shore Road to the aforementioned car park.  The Cunninghame Cycleway runs past the dunes.

 

Butterflies

The dunes support large numbers of Common Blue, Small Heath, Small Copper, Grayling, Meadow Brown, and Green-veined White.  Huge numbers of Six-spot Burnet Moths are present.  Large White, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, and Red Admiral can also be found on the reserve.  It is perhaps worth keeping an eye open for Wall Brown, whose range falls only slightly short of North Ayrshire.

 

 

Text   Iain Hamlin

 


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