Conservation project starts at Kilsyth nature reserve

Work will start at Dumbreck Local Nature Reserve in Kilsyth this month to re-naturalise the Garrell River, create new paths and conserve threatened habitats and species.

Conservation project starts at Kilsyth nature reserve

Article Source: North Lanarkshire Council
First Published: 28 September 2020 12:48
Updated: 28 September 2020 12:48

The £2 million project is being managed by the council and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), through the Water Environment Fund, and is expected to be completed by October 2021.

The project was due to start earlier this year, but the coronavirus pandemic meant it had to be postponed.

The main aims of the project are to:

• conserve threatened habitats and species such as invertebrates, water voles and wetland birds;
• re-naturalise the Garrell River to improve access for fish through two new fish passes, and improve and sustain the wetland habitat of the reserve; and
• improve and encourage access to the site through a network of new and improved paths with features of interests, a bridge across the river and visitor interpretation.

Action will be taken at two small weirs below the town to allow for the migration of wild fish such as salmon, sea trout and eels.

Some work has already been completed, including resurfacing of paths, replacement of the boardwalk and creation of a longer circular route around the pond. Within the next month, carved wooden sculptures will also be installed.

“The nature reserve is a wonderful facility for local people and children, and our Greenspace Development Team have been working with the Clyde River Foundation and local primary schools to organise visits and activities,” said Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Environment and Transportation Committee.

“Our plans for Dumbreck will bring substantial benefits for the neighbouring communities with an improved local environment and access to nature for all abilities, opportunities to learn about and see wildlife and local history, as well as improvements to active travel routes for walkers and cyclists.”

During the work, as much as possible of the reserve will remain open. Where closures are required, signed diversions will be in place. While closures will mean people won't have the same access to the reserve, they are necessary for public health and safety. Information will be published on our website.

Anyone with stories, interesting facts or photographs about the reserve and the local area, please contact our Greenspace Team at greenspace@northlan.gov.uk the team are also keen to hear ideas for encouraging more people to use and enjoy Dumbreck Local Nature Reserve.

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