Work to start at Dumbreck Nature Reserve

Plans to restore the river path and protect wildlife


Work will start at Dumbreck Local Nature Reserve in Kilsyth in spring 2020 to re-naturalise the Garrell River, create new paths and conserve threatened habitats and species.

The £2 million project is being managed by the council and SEPA, through the Water Environment Fund, and is expected to take 35 weeks.

During this time as much as possible of the reserve will remain open and, where a path is closed, there will be a mapped diversion in place.

The main aims of the project are to:

  • conserve threatened habitats and species such as invertebrates, water voles and wetland birds;
  • re-naturalise the Garrell River to improve access for fish, through two new fish passes, and improve and sustain the wetland habitat of the reserve, and
  • improve and encourage access to the site through a network of new and improved paths with features of interests, a bridge across the river and interpretation will be created.

The boardwalk will be replaced and a longer circular route created around the pond.

"Through a series of consultation events, there was a clear message from the community that the reserve, paths, access, wildlife and surrounding landscape is a valuable asset that people wanted to see protected and enhanced," said Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Environment and Transportation Committee.

"The reserve is well used by local schools, nurseries, and residents, and throughout the project we will continue to involve the community and encourage their participation in the reserve's ongoing development.

"We are inviting local people to tell us their memories of the area's history, particularly it's industrial heritage to inform the new interpretation materials around the reserve.

"This major project will restore the natural path of the Garrell River and enhance the whole reserve for its varied wildlife as well as the many visitors who enjoy this unique environment."

Anyone with stories, interesting facts or photographs about the reserve and the local area, please contact our Greenspace Team at or 01236 632710. The team are also keen to hear ideas for encouraging more people to use and enjoy Dumbreck Local Nature Reserve.

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