Location

Hogganfield Park is located in the north-east of Glasgow, some five kilometres from Glasgow city centre. It is bounded to the north-west by Cumbernauld Road (A80), to the east by Avenue End Road (B7053) and to the south by Lethamhill Golf Course.

The main entrance and car park are at Cumbernauld Road, beside Lethamhill Golf Course. There are also footpaths from Avenue End Road, from the junction of Avenue End Road and Cumbernauld Road, and from Gartloch Road.

The park is also accessible by public transport from Glasgow city centre. Look for buses to Cumbernauld Road and Gartloch Road.

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Description

Hogganfield Park is dominated by Hogganfield Loch; a large, shallow loch with a wooded island. The loch and its surrounding grasslands, marshy ponds and woodlands were declared as a Local Nature Reserve by Glasgow City Council in 1998.

Loch

The loch supports a tremendous variety of birds, which are attracted by a healthy population of invertebrates and fish.

You can see birds such as Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye and Goosander at close quarters. In winter, the star attractions are Whooper Swans, all the way from Iceland.

Grassland

The majority of grasslands are being managed to encourage wildlife. As a result, wildflowers create a colourful, attractive display that changes from spring into summer. These flowers provide an important food supply and habitat for many insects and small mammals.

Marsh and shallow ponds

A wetland complex of small ponds and marsh have been created on the eastern side of the reserve. They are particularly attractive in summer with the flag iris, reedmace and rushes coming alive with the sound of birdsong. Common frogs use the marshy pools in spring, while dragonflies can be seen in summer. In late autumn, Jack Snipe can be found.

Woodlands

A stand of mature trees can be found on the island in the loch, and in recent years a small heronry has become established. A woodland corridor has been created towards the southern entrance from Gartloch Road by planting thousands of native trees. These include oak trees, which support hundreds of insect species. These, in turn, attract birds such as the Blue Tit and summer visitors including Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap.

Other typical bird species, depending on the season, include: Little Grebe, Greylag Goose, Teal, Gadwall, Pochard, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Fieldfare, Redwing, Swift, Swallow, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Goldfinch and Reed Bunting.

More unusual records include Lesser Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Mediterranean Gull and Black Tern.

 

Source: courtesy of Jim Coyle/Friends of Glasgows Local Nature Reserves

Location

Postcode: G33 1AB

Latitude / Longitude: 55.8778569, -4.1710215

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