The Ythan Estuary, Newburgh Beach and Seal colony is surrounded by a nature reserve and an environmentally sensitive ancient dune system which is home to many rare and endangered plant, animal and bird species.
Over the last year in particular visitors to Newburgh beach have risen beyond what the current car park and path system can cope with leading to significant damage and erosion of the dune system. This has has also led to increased littering and disturbance of the natural habitat not least the main attraction, the seals.
A group of local people set up the Newburgh and Ythan Trust in 2019 with the view of improving local infrastructure for both local people and visitors to the area. Our first project was to improve the existing 'dirt' car park, introduce a series of all accessible pathways and a seal viewing area to manage the vehicle and foot traffic in more environmentally sensitive way. The plans can be seen here - https://www.newburghtrust.co.uk/developments
The necessary legal permissions have been granted to proceed with phase 1 which is the redevelopment of the car park. With a total cost of circa £300 000 we have a shortfall of circa £60 000 for a ground ready project. The car park will have increased capacity, accommodate disabled spaces, secure bicycle stations, visitor information and refuge facilities. It will be designed to require minimal maintenance for many years
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