The South Gare has become a good wildlife habitat for a number of species such as Common Lizards and molluscs but especially plants and insects. The "slag" from the blast furnaces was dumped here to build the present shape of the Gare. This entirely man made habitat has been utilised by nature in many ways, the number of different niches available has meant quite a diverse and interesting flora. It also attracts birds, especially those on migration. The almost desert like area known as the cabin rocks which is practically devoid of soil has produced an area of stony ground which becomes attractive to birds who like open situations. The number of species seen on these rocks is quite long and includes a number of rarities such as Woodchat Shrike (May 99), Red-Backed Shrike, Bluethroat, Tawny and Richard's Pipits, Hoopoe, Ring Ouzel, Rustic Bunting, Short-Toed Lark, Siberian Stonechat and many more. The area gets the name from the green fishermen's huts which are at the seaward end of this part of the Gare.
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica Photo Damian Money
Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe Photo Chris Brown