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Auchengate Camp – Meadow field with pond
Photo © by Ali~max
Auchengate Camp, Ayrshire, May 22, 2007


Auchengate Camp, Dundonald Camp, Auchengate proper, along with other names, all appear to be referring to the same place, or the same general area of Ayrshire in Scotland. This property has had an evolving connection to the military during WW2[1], and still has a connection.


Notable Species

The South Ayrshire area, the location of Auchengate Camp has, according to Avibase[2], 251 reported species and 8 globally threatened species.


Some species that have been classified as rare[2] for this area include: Snow Goose, Egyptian Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Mandarin Duck, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, King Eider, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, Red-legged Partridge, American Golden-Plover, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Caspian Tern, Black-browed Albatross, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-tailed Eagle, Rosy Starling, Black-headed Bunting


Birds you can see here include:

Taiga Bean-Goose, Northern Shoveler, Smew, Black Grouse, Great Crested Grebe, Common Wood-Pigeon, Common Cuckoo, Common Swift, Eurasian Moorhen, Little Ringed Plover, Purple Sandpiper, Pomarine Jaeger, Dovekie, Glaucous Gull, Arctic Loon, Manx Shearwater, European Shag, Little Egret, Osprey, Northern Goshawk, Tawny Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Peregrine Falcon, Common Raven, Great Tit, Eurasian Skylark

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

History and Use

Auchengate Camp, Dundonald Camp, RAF Dundonald, and HMS Dundonald are all names for the same location. It began as Auchengate before WW2 as an Army installation. Then became associated with the Air Force and changed its name to RAF Dundonald and with the advent of the Navy coming into the picture changed it's designation to HMS Dundonald[1]. It was used for various training pursuits over that time and still retains a military connection to more modern times as it has been mentioned as a site for facilities to help meet the needs of returning service people.

Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

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Contact Details

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  1. Secret Scotland - http://www.secretscotland.org.uk/index.php/Secrets/DundonaldCamp
  2. Lepage D. (2020) South Ayrshire Bird Checklist - Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World. Retrieved 23 August 2020

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Content and images originally posted by Ali~max