New Local Nature Reserves to be created

Sites for 15 new Local Nature Reserves across South Lanarkshire have been identified and the council hopes to designate the majority of these sites as LNRs during 2021.

New Local Nature Reserves to be created

Article Source: South Lanarkshire Council
First Published: 13 November 2020 11:27
Updated: 13 November 2020 11:28

And it has also been agreed that the existing reserve, at Langlands Moss, will be extended.

Members of the council’s Climate Change Committee heard of the work being done to take care of nature all around South Lanarkshire, as part of the council’s statutory Biodiversity Duty Report for 2018 to 2020.

The Local Nature Reserves will be based at:

• Backmuir Woods, Hamilton
• Blantyre, Bothwell and Uddingston
• Cadzow Glen, Hamilton
• Fernbrae Meadows, Cathin / Fernhill
• Greenhall, Millheugh and Barnhill, Blantyre
• Hamilton Low Parks
• Holmhills Wood Community Park, Cambuslang
• James Hamilton Heritage Park, East Kilbride
• Jock’s Burn, Carluke
• Langlands Moss, East Kilbride (extension)
• Milton Tile Works, Carluke
• Morgan Glen, Larkhall
• Mossneuk, East Kilbride
• Neilsland and Earnock Community Wood, Hamilton
• Stonehouse Park, Stonehouse
• Udston and Glenlee Woods, Hamilton
• Westburn, Cambuslang

A Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a greenspace that is of local importance for its natural heritage and educational value; it is a place for people to experience nature close to their home. The council hopes to designate the majority of these sites as LNRs during 2021.

Local volunteers and community groups will continue to be supported across South Lanarkshire, regular work sessions, site improvements, events and activities, and committee meetings (all dependent on Covid-19 restrictions).

New projects with groups such as Buglife and Butterfly Conservation will continue to create and improve habitats for pollinators.

Outdoor play will be supported with access already provided to some groups for funding for training and equipment, building capacity to help groups run their own outdoor activities and providing opportunities for children to explore nature close to their homes.

Conifer plantation removal is complete at Langlands Moss, with ongoing peatland conservation to help ensure the long term viability of the site as a peat bog that can contribute to biodiversity, flood management and carbon storage.

Glen Esk in East Kilbride and Fernbrae Meadows near Cathkin and Fernhill are two examples of places accessible for people with improved biodiversity value such as new meadows, waterways and woodlands, after being vacant and derelict.

Leader of South Lanarkshire Council, John Ross, said: “The creation of the new Local Nature Reserves will bring with them tremendous benefits to communities across South Lanarkshire.

“We have a significant influence on biodiversity as a major landowner, as a Planning Authority and through the impacts of our wider service delivery.

“This report, and some of the key work highlighted in it, shows that improving biodiversity is about taking care of nature all around us, not just in specific protected sites and for particular species.

“These are exciting times for biodiversity across the council area and I look forward to finding out how our work progresses over the coming months and years.”

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