Fairlie Coastal Trust

Fairlie coastal trust
   Cover image © Fairlie Coastal Trust

Fairlie, on the North Ayrshire coast, sits on the eastern shore of the Firth of Clyde and looks across to the Isle of Arran and the Cumbraes.  To the South lie the Portencross coast SSSi and the Hunterston SSSi sites – valuable feeding grounds for seabirds and waders.

The Fairlie Coastal Trust was established in 2017 to help protect and promote the beautiful coastline and bay. The group have four key themes which they aim to focus on developing over time. These are Environment, Community, Activity and Heritage.

After a long process, the Fairlie community, alongside supporters, were successful in ensuring that Peel Ports’ plans for massive dredging and construction works at Hunterston to bring oil-rigs for decommissioning will require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).  This change in opinion from Marine Scotland and the Scottish Government, in March 2020, follows a concerted #SaveSouthannanSands “SAY NO WAY WITHOUT AN EIA” campaign.

Fairlie Coastal Trust and supporters continue to hold the planning and regulatory authorities to account to protect the marine environment and the communities that surround Hunterston.  They note that sustained public scrutiny is essential to ensure due legal process is always followed and potential conflicts of interest are called out.

Key aims for each theme are:

Environment: To advance awareness and understanding of marine environment, initiate environmental projects and advance a sense of community marine stewardship.

Community: To strengthen the relationship between the community of Fairlie and the outstanding coastal environment through the development of a coastal hub and events

Activity: To encourage and enable the community to participate in coastal and water-based activities in and around the Fairlie bay in a safe and appropriate way.

Heritage: To capture and promote Fairlie’s rich maritime history and culture to ensure it is preserved and celebrated for years to come.