Look Out for Birdies at The Senior Open
This week sees the infamous Carnoustie Golf Links host The Senior Open Championship. As the legends of golf battle it out on the world renowned Championship Course, spectators can also take in some wildlife spotting and compete amongst their selves to complete Carnoustie’s impressive bird and plant species lists.
A course that’s used to the limelight, Carnoustie has hosted seven Open Championships along with numerous other major tournaments. In 2014 the Club was recognised for its commitment to sustainable management in when it achieved golf’s independently assessed eco-label, GEO Certified® and in February this year their work to protect native bumblebee species celebrated when they won STRI’s 2016 Operation Pollinator Award. In June 2016 the club produced a new Environmental Guide which not only shares information on Carnoustie’s unique environment and the work of the club, but also provides an Activities section to get members, guest and visitors more involved.
“We feel lucky to work in an area with such special and diverse wildlife, and we work hard to protect that wildlife and give it a safe home,” said Sandy Reid, Links Superintendent at Carnoustie Golf Links. “We want to share our appreciation of the environment with our members and visitors, and to encourage everyone to get to know and enjoy the nature that’s around us. Our new Environmental Guide aims to do just that.”
The guide, produced with support from ecology specialists STRI and The R&A, is available at the club house and on the clubs website. It provides a tick list of the 72 birds, 80 plants and 40 vertebrates and invertebrates found across the site, encouraging guests to spot as many as they can during their visits. The guide also gives information on how to make your very own bug hotel and a Pond Dipping Bingo game, as well as a history of the course and information on Carnoustie Golf Link’s unique habitat and rare wildlife.
“We hope the guide creates an awareness of how Carnoustie is not only one of the worlds top golf courses” continues Mr Reid, “but that it is also, like many courses, a vital link in the local ecosystem and an important and safe habitat for a multitude of wildlife.”
The Carnoustie Golf Links Environmental Guide can be found at www.carnoustiegolflinks.co.uk/environment.
The 2016 Senior Open takes place at Carnoustie Golf Links between 21st -24th July and is part of European Tour’s GreenDrive sustainability programme. More information on European Tour’s GreenDrive and Carnoustie Golf Links’ sustainability initiatives can be found at www.golfenvironment.org.