Lamlash Bay (North Ayrshire)

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Lamlash Bay, Arran

Arran was once renowned for its fishing, with hundreds of sea anglers flocking to the island for the annual fish festival. That was decades ago when cod, haddock, hake, dab, plaice and turbot were plentiful in the waters of the Firth of Clyde. Dr Iain Stewart attempts to climb a thirty-five metre Douglas Fir in homage to the tree hunters who travelled the globe searching for exotic species that could be replanted in Scotland. Dr Iain Stewart uncovers how, over thousands of years, the actions of mankind and the climate nearly led to the downfall of Scotland's forests. Only in the 18th century did we realise the extent of the damage, and take measures to re-populate the landscape.

Lamlash Bay on the Isle of Arran is a Community Marine Conservation Area. Since 20th September 2008, an area at the north end of the bay has been designated a "No take zone": An area of the sea and seabed from which no marine life can be removed by any means. This zone is the first of its kind in Scotland.

Features of the area

North Ayrshire Group

North Ayrshire is one of Scotland’s 32 unitary council areas. It borders Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire.

The area was created in 1996, adopting the boundaries of the former district Cunninghame. The mainland portion of the council area has historically been part of a greater County of Ayr, however it also contains the islands of Arran, Great Cumbrae and Little Cumbrae in the lower Firth of Clyde. All the islands were previously in the County of Bute.

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