Friends of Fullarton is a a small charity concerned with the care and conservation of Fullarton Woods, for the benefit of nature and people.  We have been in operation since 2015, raising funds for improvements for facilities and tree & wildflower planting. 




Despite last year's efforts by ourselves, the South Ayrshire Ranger Service and Scottish Wildlife Trust, the invasive Himalayan Balsam is making a spirited comeback, particularly where seeds have been washed in by the watercourses.  Our next volunteer session, which should have been held on Sunday 30th June, will now be held on Sunday 7th July.  This is so we can join forces with the Scottish Wildlife Trust's Community Conservation Volunteers, who will be holding a work session on that day.  We have a variety of tasks and odd jobs lined up, so if you feel like coming to join us, there will be something to suit.  New volunteers are always very welcome - no previous experience necessary and it's really good fun!  Check out our Get Involved page for more details about volunteering with us.



We at Friends of Fullarton are very grateful to the Recycling Saturday group, who collect items that would otherwise go to landfill and raise money for various charities and community groups.  Our funds have recently benefitted from the sale of used tech items, such as mobile phones and tablets.  This money will be used for the much-needed replacement of some of our old tools. 

The group produce a monthly list of the items they are collecting.  Their collection point is at Marr College car park, 10:30am - 11 on the 3rd Saturday of the month.  See their Facebook page for more details, or Troon Going Out magazine.




Our friends at South Ayrshire Ranger Service are running a monthly session for young people aged 13-18.  This is held on the same day as our own - the last Sunday of the month from 10am - 12.  This is a great opportunity for young people to learn basic bushcraft skills and find out more about nature, whether the aim is to gain experience for a future career in conservation work or to simply have some fun and exercise in the woodland.  It's free but booking is essential.  Contact the Ranger Service here.



We recently welcomed Alex from TCV Scotland, who led a very informative workshop on identifying wildlife and using apps to record sightings.  It is increasingly important to know the number and location of species of flora & fauna in light of climate change and loss of habitat.  We would encourage anyone interested in helping to record wildlife in Fullarton Woods to find out more and consider submitting records which, when confirmed, will form part of the National Biodiversity Index.