Report highlights rich local biodiversity

Find out more about our wildlife


You might not notice at first glance but take a closer look and North Lanarkshire is rich in wildlife from ancient woodlands to peat moorlands, bean geese to red squirrels, rivers and lochs, wildflower meadows and parks.

We have published our Biodiversity Duty Report for 2015-2018 which highlights the many ways we're working to improve our greenspaces and local environment.

Countryside Rangers and greenspace teams manage nine Local Nature Reserves, 380 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation, three countryside parks and hundreds of hectares of open space.

"We have a responsibility to look after our important green spaces, conserving local wildlife, habitats and biodiversity and giving residents opportunities to enjoy the local environment," said Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Infrastructure Committee.

"To do this, we work closely with partners and communities and all our plans are set out in the Biodiversity Action Plan. This includes looking after different elements of the environment - our urban areas, peatlands, farmlands and areas of fresh water.

"There are so many ways for residents and visitors to enjoy our local greenspaces, from taking a walk in our country parks, volunteering to help at a nature reserve, or attending events run by Countryside Rangers to learn more about wildlife and biodiversity."

A number of successful projects are highlighted in the Duty Report and have contributed to improving biodiversity across the area.

  • Floating islands have been created at Drumpellier Country Park and Garnqueen to provide habitats for sub aquatic vegetation, breeding wetland birds and invertebrates.
  • Work at Gartcosh Local Nature Reserve to protect the populations of great crested newts and other species during construction of the Glenboig Link Road.
  • Community consultation and survey work on a river restoration project at Dumbreck Marsh Local Nature Reserve.
  • In partnership with Buglife and with local communities, we transformed five areas of amenity grassland into colourful wildflower meadows. Over 1,900 people took part in bug walks, survey days and workshops.
  • Four bog restoration projects have been completed at Greenhead Moss, Broadwood Moss, Cathburn Moss and North Shotts Moss, with funding from Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • With funding from the council and Viridor, a wildlife garden was created with help from Calderbank Conservation Society.
  • A native woodland management plan for Hall Gill at Cambusnethan Woodlands Local Nature Reserve was developed, in partnership with Network Rail and Scottish Natural Heritage, to achieve the standard required to be included in the Clyde Valley Woods Special Area of Conservation.
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