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East Dunbartonshire

Redshank Tringa totanus ©Pat Hayes Website

Birding East Dumbartonshire

East Dumbartonshire is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland. It borders the north-west of the City of Glasgow and contains many of the suburbs of Glasgow as well as many of the city's commuter towns and villages. East Dunbartonshire also shares borders with North Lanarkshire, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire. The council area covers parts of the historic counties of Dunbartonshire, Lanarkshire and Stirlingshire.

The nature conservation sites in East Dunbartonshire include Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Local Nature Reserves which carry statutory protection. There are nine public parks (King George V Regional Park, Colquhoun Park, Thorn Park, Bishopbriggs Public Park, Huntershill Playing Fields, High Park, Luggie Park, Merkland Sports Pitches and Milngavie) and three local nature reserves: Merkland LNR, Lenzie Moss LNR and Kilmardinny LNR.

County Recorder

Iain Gibson

8 Kenmure View, Howwood, Johnstone, Renfrewshire PA0 1DR

01505 705874


Useful Reading

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

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


SOC Central Scotland Branch


Meetings take place in Bridge of Allan, on the doorstep of the University of Stirling and students are always very welcome to attend. The Allan Centre, Fountain Road, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4AT - Neil Bielby - 01786 823 830


Abbreviations Key

LNR Kilmardinny Loch


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This local nature reserve is a mosaic of habitats - wet & dry woodland & grassland - as well as the deep open water of the loch and four islands.

LNR Lenzie Moss


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There is a 2km circular path which is mainly flat with a section on boardwalk across the bog. You will find signposts at several points linking to other walks.

LNR Merkland Nature Reserve


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Mugdock Country Park


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Mugdock Country Park is situated north of East Dunbartonshire and south-west of Stirling. It comprises 270 hectares of woodland, moorland and heathland and is connected by a network of paths. It contains a loch, 2 castles, a stables complex and walled garden.

SWT Loch Ardinning


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Loch Ardinning is a picturesque, visitor-friendly wildlife haven with areas of wetland, woodland, grassland and moorland. Mature willow, birch and alder thrive in the wetlands along the south west shore and reeds, rushes and sedges fringe the northern shores.

SWT Possil Marsh


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Possil Marsh has a shallow freshwater loch surrounded by marsh, swamp and fen, with areas of willow scrub and grassland. The fen and swamp areas support locally rare plants and the reserve is also an important staging post during the spring and autumn migration for warblers and waterfowl.

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