Brian Duffin, Captain, recently wrote to his members about a bird survey carried out in December 2014 and he has agreed that we could publicise it. He wrote, “Thanks to the inspiration and sponsorship of one of our members, Geoff Ball, a detailed survey of our birdlife took place this year. This was conducted by an experienced manager from RSPB Scotland, Chris Bailey, who visited the course at dawn four times in the spring and once in the autumn. He recorded 46 species of birds in total, relying on auditory identification in many cases as birds are most vocal in the breeding season and early in the mornings.
Our course provides a sanctuary within an urban environment, and offers varied habitats, particularly woodlands, wetlands and grassland. At times we also accommodate coastal birds from the Firth of Forth and winter migratory birds.
The report RSPB BLGS 2014.pdf provides a valuable record of birdlife on the course in the current year, and will be of value as a point of comparison in any future survey. It is also very welcome as a guide for members who will be better able as a result to enjoy their visits to the course. If their concentration on the round being played is not being repaid by outstanding scoring, they may be happy to be diverted by the diversity of wildlife to be seen close at hand. With the benefit of having studied this report, they may even be able to identify the avian variety on view!
We are already sensitive as a Society to the desirability of fostering and managing a healthy and sustainable environment within which golf can be offered to a high standard.This report contains suggestions of how this approach may be enhanced further and these will be studied closely and included in our greens management as appropriate.”