10. Dams to Darnley LNR – NS525590
The Dams to Darnley Country Park is located to the south west of Glasgow. It encompasses around 550 hectares of greenspace around the East Renfrewshire and Glasgow City boundary between Barrhead, Darnley and Newton Mearns – see http://www.damstodarnley.org/index.php?id=2 for more information. However, only 36.6 hectares of the Country Park – the land owned by Glasgow City Council – has been declared as a LNR.
The Dams to Darnley LNR was declared jointly by Glasgow City Council and East Renfrewshire Council on 28 March 2013. Whilst all of the land is in the ownership of Glasgow City Council, a small part of it is actually located within East Renfrewshire Council, hence the need for a joint declaration. See plan. The LNR is located in the centre of this plan and generally follows the Brock Burn and Corselet Road from Nitshill Road in the north towards Waulkmill Glen Reservoir in the south. The reservoirs are part of the Country Park but are not included in the LNR.
The LNR includes grasslands, an ancient semi-natural woodland, hedgerows, wetlands and burns.
As a result the LNR is rich in wildflowers such as common spotted orchid, greater butterfly orchid and cuckoo flower; dragonflies and damselflies can be spotted in the summer months; common frogs can be readily seen in and around the ponds (apart from in the winter) and a wide range of birds such as Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Spotted Flycatcher, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Redwing and Fieldfare can be spotted if you visit on a regular basis.
When visiting the LNR why not continue on to the reservoirs; the Country Park is well sign-posted and offers excellent wildlife spotting and photographic opportunities.