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West Dunbartonshire

Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago ©David Mason Website

Birding West Dumbartonshire

West Dunbartonshire is one of the 32 local government council areas of Scotland. The area lies to the west of the City of Glasgow and contains many of Glasgow's commuter towns and villages, as well as the city's suburbs. West Dunbartonshire also borders onto Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and Stirling. The area is essentially composed of three parts: the towns of Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven district. West Dunbartonshire is administered from Dumbarton, although Clydebank is the largest town.

There are green and open places so whether it is the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond or dramatic views of the River Clyde the area has great scenery.

There are a number of well managed woodlands as well as the Kilpatrick Hills to enjoy and the reserve at the saltings.

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

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Abbreviations Key

CW Pappertwell


Satellite View

Pappertwell Community Woodland is a 77Ha woodland situated east of New Bonhill with magnificent views towards Loch Lomond and the Firth of Clyde.

LNR The Saltings


Satellite View

The Saltings is located near the Erskine Bridge and is bounded by the River Clyde and the Forth and Clyde Canal. The views down the River Clyde are stunning and Dumbarton Rock can be seen in the distance. It's an area around 19 hectares made up of of regenerated woodland and meadow. It is is noted for its wetland habitats.

Overtoun Estate


Satellite View

Overtoun Estate is at the foot of the Kilpatrick Hills and extends to some 55 hectares, the majority of which is mixed oak woodland, grazing, and landscaped gardens. The Estate is accessible to the public and is used regularly for walks and picnics.

WP Auchnacraig


Satellite View

Auchnacraig Woodland Park is a 44Ha woodland estate situated north of Faifley.

Trip Reports


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Other Links

West Dunbartonshire Local Plan


The Inner Clyde SPA qualifies by regularly supporting an internationally important wintering population of redshank Tringa Totanus (1992/93 – 96/97 winter peak mean of 2,107, 1% of Eastern Atlantic Flyaway, 2% of British). This is one of the highest density wintering populations of redshank in Britain…