Yesterday, Clyde Muirshiel Rangers, Gleniffer Braes Rangers and volunteers from Paisley Natural History Society teamed up to plant trees and shrubs at Brownside Braes.
The aim of the project is to create habitats for Lesser Whitethroat birds. These warblers are mainly found in England, Wales and Southern Scotland, and their required habitat is made of hawthorn scrub, bramble, dogrose and gorse.
One of this species’ breeding sites in Renfrewshire is at Brownside Braes. Lesser Whitethroats require large areas of scrub habitat, so in order to preserve and expend the microhabitat they found here, Rangers and Volunteers are working in partnership to plant hawthorn, gorse, dogrose and brambles.
When planting trees, tree shelters are used to protect the seedlings and enhance their growth. However, instead of using the usual plastic tree tubes, this planting effort comes with a novelty: the use of biodegradable tree shelters! Trees for this projects are planted using 100% biodegradable tree guards, which are plastic-free, and manufactured in the UK. This is the first time biodegradable tree tubes have been used in the area!
The planting effort is not over, with more trees and shrubs being planted next week.