Another short scenic snippet for the Guardian’s lovely Country Diary, which I love contributing to. Here’s a small scene from the Ardeer peninsula in Ayrshire – a former explosives works turned wild.
I visited Ardeer with local campaigners seeking to keep it wild; plans to develop the region were released several years ago, but are facing much resistance from environmentalists. Due to an legal quirk dating from its use as a factory, no planning permission is required to build on the site – and having it declared an SSSI is currently impossible for the same reason. But maybe this can change. (If you’d like more information on that campaign, please look out for my next Scottish Field column.)