A check-in with nature


Our courses are home to all sorts of birds, bees, flora and fauna – they’re paradises… Read on

June 14, 2019

Hell for some, home for others!


At the beginning of July this year, we had a very interesting moving home story… Read on

August 22, 2018

The Old Course: In harmony with nature


With the sound of birdsong and the growing season upon us, this time of year… Read on

June 7, 2018

Coastal protection work ploughs on


Restoration work on the Eden’s saltmarsh habitat continues. Here, Clare Maynard of the University of St… Read on

May 14, 2018

Kestrels at The Castle Course


The Links is home to more than just golf. There is a vast array of… Read on

April 13, 2018

Green engineering on the Eden Estuary


The Eden Estuary that borders the world-famous St Andrews Links is an important site for… Read on

December 6, 2017

Back to nature with the RSPB


In late 2016, members of the Links’ greenkeeping teams met with Yvonne Stephan of the… Read on

September 25, 2017

Nature around the Links: A summer summary


Bird sightings The past couple of months have been busy regarding wildlife and environmental work. At… Read on

August 7, 2017

Nurturing growth on the Links


The Eden Environmental Team are busy as usual with their environmental projects. They have recently… Read on

June 19, 2017

Spring song on the Links


This time of year is always such an exciting time for wildlife at the Links…. Read on

May 23, 2017

Winter environmental work on the Eden


We had the opportunity to commence some of our winter environmental management plans earlier than… Read on

November 23, 2016

A familiar face spotted on the Links


A familiar face returned to the Home of Golf last month to catch up with some old… Read on

October 11, 2016

Operation Pollinator: saving the bees


Over the the last few years we’ve focused considerable effort on the development of wildflower areas on… Read on

September 14, 2016

Why is gorse management so important?


Across the UK, the management of gorse bushes now plays a crucial role in the… Read on

August 23, 2016

A hazard for some, a home for others


Although the pond located by the 14th and 15th holes of the Eden Course can… Read on

August 9, 2016

Sand martins return to the Links


Over the past couple of months, efforts have been made to create a new habitat… Read on

June 9, 2016

The joys of spring at The Castle


After one of the wettest winters on record, spring arrived a little later than normal… Read on

May 24, 2016

Astro-faced bunker build


At the beginning of April, the Eden greenkeeping team started work on a sustainable and environmentally… Read on

April 19, 2016

Protecting our sand dunes – Part 2


Monday saw the beginning of repairs to a number of “blowouts” in the sand dune line along… Read on

February 12, 2016

Protecting our sand dunes


Members of the St Andrews Links greenkeeping team recently helped Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) with… Read on

January 19, 2016

Christmas birds


A new species of bird showed up on the Links this week. A pair of waxwings… Read on

December 22, 2015

The right kind of rough


The greenkeeping team are currently hard at work thinning out the roughs via cultural methods. Machines… Read on

November 26, 2015

Winter work & wildlife


The days are getting shorter and the nights longer but there’s still been plenty of activity on the Links over… Read on

November 13, 2015

Roe, a deer


These past few weeks have been hectic to say the least with many new recordings… Read on

October 29, 2015

The Green Team


In line with new Waste Scotland Regulations coming into force, last year St Andrews Links set up a… Read on

October 13, 2015

Swanning around in the Swilcan burn


With the osprey sightings thinning out and the swallows starting to group together there’s only… Read on

September 25, 2015

Sheep lend a helping hand on the Links


The sheep are back! Next time you’re out near the ninth of the Jubilee Course… Read on

September 4, 2015

“Do not move this vehicle”


It was brought to our attention that one of the greenkeeping machines, which was due… Read on

August 18, 2015

Crowd control


Those of you who visited The Open may have seen the roped off area behind… Read on

July 23, 2015

Ever heard of a Polyporus squamosus?


There are many large fungi growing at the Home of Golf such as giant puffballs… Read on

June 26, 2015

Hares, orchids & nesting birds


Our specially positioned infra-red camera caught this inquisitive hare on the Castle Course at dusk last… Read on

June 9, 2015

Flora and fauna


Two delightful rarities have been found these past few weeks including a ventriloquist bird and… Read on

May 22, 2015

St Andrews University students lend a helping hand


We welcomed a few helpers last week when a group of students turned out to assist… Read on

May 11, 2015

Birds in full voice on the Links


The yellowhammers, wrens, linnets, skylarks and chaffinches have all been in full voice this past… Read on

April 23, 2015

A new habitat on the Links


The past few weeks have seen the teams across the Links perform one or two… Read on

April 1, 2015

New infra-red wildlife camera


We recently invested in an infra-red wildlife camera to find out what we have living… Read on

March 17, 2015

Kestrels at The Castle


Fresh from their final four position in the recent Enviro Awards, The Castle team have… Read on

February 27, 2015

Recycling the Links


The composting programme is in full swing with the majority being given away to the… Read on

February 11, 2015

The snowdrops are awake!


I know it’s only just February but there are snowdrops showing nicely in the grounds… Read on

February 2, 2015

New year, new wall


The technical services team have been working their magic by recently rebuilding an old boundary wall located between… Read on

January 9, 2015

Heavy machinery


This week the greenkeepers have had the heavy machinery out! There’s an area on the Links which… Read on

December 12, 2014

20 varieties of fungi


The frost is yet to make an appearance here at the Links (famous last words)… Read on

November 28, 2014

Strimming, sand martins & parasols


This past week the Environmental team undertook a brand new project on the Balgove Course. The tall… Read on

November 13, 2014

Exciting bird sightings


There’s a great grey shrike in the area! And short eared owls too. These are… Read on

October 31, 2014

A blether over the heather


It’s always exciting exploring the wildlife and ecology here on the Links and this past week has… Read on

October 17, 2014

A look back on Dunhill week


The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship careered into town last week accompanied by television towers, trucks,… Read on

October 8, 2014

What fungi does for our courses


This week we have seen a smashing amount of fungi making its yearly appearance on the Links. Fungus… Read on

September 26, 2014

New visitors spotted on the Links


The warm and wet weather we’ve had lately has given us an amazing array of… Read on

September 19, 2014

The geese are coming


There’s always good indicators of autumn approaching such as light frosts, leaves turning brown and… Read on

September 12, 2014

Gorse management


The weather has been kind to us this week so we have been able to… Read on

September 3, 2014

Harvesting season


This past week has proven to be quite a busy one for the greenkeeping team…. Read on

August 29, 2014

Environmental management


James Hutchinson recently joined the Links as our first dedicated Environmental Officer. James will work… Read on

August 20, 2014