South Kilminning, Community Ownership
Crail Community Partnership (CCP) has successfully applied for asset transfer of South Kilminning, from Fife Council.
South Kilminning is a wildlife site on the coastal path between Crail and Fife Ness. It is made up of two sections of land; Kilminning Coast, which is a Scottish Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve, and the upper section, a parking and picnic area that was previously a camping area. Kilminning Coast will remain as a SWT Nature Reserve when ownership changes to CCP. Although covered in large part by tarmac, left over from its use as an airfield, trees and shrubs have begun to take over, making Kilminning a magnet for migrant birds and other coastal wildlife. It is also valued by locals and visitors as a little bit of nature in the midst of the industrial farmland of the East Neuk. But the area could be much better for both wildlife and people.
Plans are now afoot to restore Kilminning’s full potential as a wildlife site, and to do something positive for the biodiversity and climate emergency. We plan to create a much more interesting and biodiverse space for nature and for people. We plan to remove much of the tarmac (although leaving enough for access and parking) to create space for more trees, for water and so for more wildlife. We plan to greatly increase the tree and shrub cover, and to connect Kilminning to other sites around Crail via a network of wooded paths. Over the next thirty years we want to have Kilminning as part of a network of wildlife sites so that a person could walk all day around Crail in biodiverse, beautiful habitat.
Why do we need Crowdfunding support?
Right now, we need to pay the legal fees for Kilminning. We need to do some infrastructure work to manage access to prevent off road driving and fly tipping. We need to consult (and pay!) professionals who can advise us about the hydrology of the site and the engineering needed to remove the tarmac, and to create a loch and flooded meadow instead. Longer term we will create a full plan for Kilminning and start a second round of fund raising to make the habitat improvements.
To participate in crowdfunding use this link South Kilminning.
Or go to www.crowdfunder.co.uk, then Explore and enter Crail as the Location or South Kilminning as the Keyword.