12. Hamiltonhill Claypits – NS674676
The Claypits, which is the smallest LNR in the City being around 6.7 hectares, was declared a Local Nature Reserve in May 2016 – see map.
The clay from here was used to make the watertight seal for the Forth and Clyde Canal. The ‘borrow pit’ has since become home to wetland and willow scrub and is used by animals such as roe deer and waterfowl.
The LNR is owned by Glasgow City Council and the British Waterways Board (BWB).
The Reserve lies between the Forth & Clyde Canal and Ellesmere Street although not all of the land has been declared a LNR. Whilst it follows approximately the course of the canal from the Firhill Basin to Applecross Street, the land immediately next to the canal running from the overgrown inlet to the BWB offices is not in the LNR – it is believed that this land is earmarked for development.