SHARK is a small environmental group based in the North East Scottish fishing village of Johnshaven. Established in 2006 the volunteer group aims to promote and protect the wildlife and habitats of our local area. We also aim to encourage a more sustainable lifestyle for the residents of Johnshaven and in particular carry out and promote activities which reduce our village's contribution to global warming.
Our volunteers run a bi-weekly green waste collection scheme in Johnshaven village which is supported by some 100 residents. Since 2011 we have used our own tractor and trailer to do this, and we are continuing to make improvements to the composting site. The tractor ("Polly") is used to turn the compost regularly, and once it is mature we sieve it and offer it back to members for use in their gardens. We are always looking for more volunteers to help, so if you are interested, please use the Contact Us link to let us know.
We also organise a number of beach cleans throughout the year, and take part in other clean-up and environmental projects in and around South Kincardineshire, including pruning of vegetation such as gorse from the disused railway line and helping St Cyrus Reserve clear bracken.
SHARK has benefitted from a number of grants to help support our activities. We also organise our own fundraising events. Our Drop-in Cafes during the North East Open Studios event are always popular and help us with fundraising.
We're always happy to publicise what we do. Here are some photographs taken at the 2014 Mill of Benholm Science Fair when we had a number of people taking an interest in SHARK: