Cottage Bothy's Environmental
Our planet is precious and
we only have a finite amount of resources. The October 2018
UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says
that we must make urgent and unprecedented changes to
prevent a global catastrophe. We all have a part to play if
we are to support the wellbeing of our environment - think
global - act local.
At Doonbank we are wholly
committed to creating, maintaining and developing a
sustainable environment that supports a wide range of plant
and wildlife, but at the same time provides a great holiday
experience for our guests.
Our vision for Doonbank is
that your accommodation is only part of your holiday
experience & we do encourage you to engage with, &
enjoy Doonbank's wonderful location & its fauna &
To support this; here are
a few of the things that we are doing:
- Proactively removing
Cherry Laurel & Rhododendron Ponticum to 'open up and
bring new life to our woodland garden. This will take
time but what we have done so far is already having a
- Managing and
replanting these areas with a range of native trees
including; Rowan, Hazel, Alder, Hawthorn, Silver Birch
- Creating and
maintaining a number of woodland paths for guests to
- Designating key areas
to act as woodland glades and also some 'wild'
- Leaving fallen trees
in situ to rot down, providing a range of habitat for our
bird, animal & insect life & supporting nature to
take its course, along with some bee hotels.
- Trialling the planting
of Willow as a possible source of bio-fuel and to
increase the bio-diversity of habitat for our
- Where possible we
source and use local products to reduce our carbon
- Composting and growing
In and around the
- We have created a mini
wildlife area around the guest patio so that you can
enjoy the range of butterflies and other insects. This
includes highly scented Honeysuckle, native Crocosmia and
Rosa Rugosa which bees, butterflies and other inspect
adore. We also have a small wild patch area nearby which
includes borage; Ragged Robin; Nettles and a number of
different grasses. This in turn encourages bats and other
- All of our outside
lighting is LED or solar powered.
- The fencing around the
Bothy is constructed using our own bamboo to provide a
natural and sustainable woven fence, but with sufficient
flexibility to allow rabbits, hedgehogs and pheasants etc
to access and exit.
- Bathroom and kitchen
water taps are all aerated to support energy
- All windows are double
glazed and both wall and roofing insulation is 'best of
- We have a 'green'
renewable gas and electricity supplier.
- All of our chickens
and ducks are truly free range and have access to our own
wildflower meadow. Guests are encouraged to collect their
own eggs for breakfast.
- We have our own waste
treatment plant certified by SEPA.
- We are trying to
reduce the amount of plastic by using natural compostable
bin liners sourced from a reputable environmental
How can you
- Scottish water is
delicious - why would you buy bottled water!! We
encourage guests to not only taste the tap water, but use
reusable water bottles.
- Recycle your waste
throughout your holiday- check out our waste
- Turn down the heating
if you are out and about - or have windows or patio doors
open. Save energy where you can.