The warmer days of spring seem to have taken a long time to arrive. Even so, life in the sea is already responding to longer hours of daylight which herald one of the most important times of the year.
Glorious sandy beaches are one of Scotland’s great attractions and Arran too has its fair share of sandy shores. But these are not usually the first places you would think to visit to find fascinating marine life. As with the rocky reef habitat that featured in the Banner last month, the sandy and gravelly beach sediments of Arran’s shores extend underwater and, where they do, they form extensive and important, yet often overlooked, marine habitats.
A new assessment reveals that carbon-rich seabed habitats are continuing to decline on the west coast of Scotland, prompting calls for urgent action by the Our Seas coalition.
‘The coast that shaped the world’ is an innovative three-year project that plans to collect your stories and memories and put them at the heart of rediscovering just exactly why this amazing corner of the world is so special. The project spans the west coast of Scotland from Arran and Kintyre in the south to Wester Ross and Lewis in the north.