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Clackmannanshire

Dotterel Charadrius morinellus ©Sue Tranter

Birding Clackmannanshire

Clackmannanshire is an historic county and council area in Scotland, bordering the council areas of Stirling, Fife and Perth & Kinross, it is often nicknamed the 'wee county'.

The Ochil Hills lie in the northern part of the area. Strathdevon is immediately to the south of the steep escarpment formed by the Ochil Fault, along which the Hillfoots Villages are located. Strathdevon mostly comprises a lowland plain a few hundred metres either side of the River Devon, which joins the Forth near Cambus. There is also the Black Devon river that flows past the town of Clackmannan to join the Forth near Alloa. This confluence once had a small pier, for portage to Dunmore pier on the south shore, and anchorage of smaller sailing ships, while others of greater tonnage could be accepted at Dunmore pier on the opposite banks of the Forth.

Top Sites

Black Devon Wetlands

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Black Devon Wetlands, Alloa: freshwater ponds adjacent to upper Forth Estuary; good for waders and gulls. Black Devon Wetlands is a quiet gem of a reserve, an area of untouched wet grassland and wetland habitat which includes freshwater pools, brackish pools and reedbeds. This new site is being developed by RSPB Scotland to be better for the people and wildlife of the Inner Forth.

Gartmorn Dam

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Gartmorn Dam is a reservoir, it and the and surrounding woodland are good for ducks and common woodland species

County Recorder

Chris Pendlebury

3 Sinclair Street, Dunblane FK5 0AH

07798 711134

chris@upperforthbirds.co.uk

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 195

Useful Reading

Fieldguides & Other Birding Books
For a full list of fieldguides and other books see the general UK page

Bird Report

The bird report is published each year in the Forth Naturalist & Historian journal; see HERE

The Birds of Clackmannanshire

By Neil Bielby, Keith Broomfield & John Grainser | Scottish Ornithologists Club | 2013 | Hardback |

ISBN: 9780992692704

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Where to Watch Birds in Scotland

by Mike Madders & Julia Welstead | Christopher Helm | 2002 | Paperback | 297 pages, b/w illus, maps |

ISBN: 071365693X

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Organisations

RSPB Forth Valley Local Group

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The Forth Valley Local Group of the RSPB covers a wide area including Dunblane, Falkirk, Linlithgow and Stirling in Central Scotland…

SOC Central Scotland Branch

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Secretary Roger Gooch, The Red House, Dollarfield, Dollar, FK14 7LX, Tel 01259 742326

Reserves

Abbreviations Key

FC Central Scotland Forest

Website

The Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSFT) leads the partnership which is creating the Forest. It is supported by formal partners (the Scottish Executive, Scottish Enterprise and the LECs, the Forestry Commission, the area's five Local Authorities and Scottish Natural Heritage) and informal partners including local communities, voluntary organisations, the private sector and the area's farmers and landowners…

LNR & CP Gartmorn Dam

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Clackmannanshire has a rich mining history and many signs of this heritage are still visible. None are so impressive as Gartmorn Dam, lying at the heart of the local 370 acre Country Park and Nature Reserve.

RSPB - Black Devon Wetlands

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Black Devon Wetlands is a mosaic of untouched wet grassland and wetland habitat including freshwater pools, brackish pools and reedbeds. Located on the Inner Forth, the reserve is set back from the river and forms an important area for large flocks of wintering wading birds and wildfowl. There are currently no facilities on the reserve, but over the next year we will be creating a fantastic place for everyone to come and learn about and enjoy this hidden gem on the Inner Forth.

SWT Cambus Pools

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Cambus Pools is a wetland reserve with reedbeds, grassland and open water attracting waders, warblers and wildfowl. The reserve is located behind an industrial area on the Inner Forth estuary and demonstrates how small areas of land can become vital habitats for wildlife, such as reed buntings.

Forums & Mailing Lists

Upper Forth Birds

Sightings & News

Sightings & News

UpperForth Bird News

Twitter Website

Local bird recorder for the Upper Forth region. Used for local bird news. See @UForthBirder for personal birding tweets.

Trip Reports

CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

Places to Stay

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Campbell Cottage

Accommodation

Disabled accessible cottage sleeps six and has birding nearby…