1. Hogganfield Park LNR – NS642672
For more information and photographs about Hogganfield Park LNR see this link http://glasgowswildsbetter.blogspot.co.uk/p/hogganfield-ark-lnr.html
Hogganfield Park is located in the northeast of Glasgow, some five kilometres from Glasgow city centre. The park is bounded, to the northwest, by Cumbernauld Road (A80), to the east, by Avenue End Road (B7053) and to the south, by Lethamhill Golf Course (see map).
The main entrance, including free car parking, is 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.
Surfaced paths have also been completed (September 2018) leading from the relatively new housing estate at Bigton Street.
The Park is dominated by Hogganfield Loch, a large shallow loch with a wooded island. The loch and its surrounding grasslands, marshy ponds, scrub and woodlands were declared as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) by Glasgow City Council (GCC) in 1998.
The Park is an excellent place to see wetland birds with an excellent viewing-feeding-photographic platform offering really close views of a wide range of gulls and wildfowl.
In winter, birds such as Whooper Swan, Goosander and Goldeneye can be seen easily from the platform whilst unusual species can include Iceland Gull and Glaucous Gull.
Some rarities have been found including Lesser Scaup, American Wigeon and European White-fronted Goose.
In summer, Reed Buntings, Willow Warblers, Whitethroats and Sedge Warblers can be heard calling from the marsh, scrub and woodland in the eastern part of the LNR.
This area can also be a good place for butterflies and damselflies, including the Blue-tailed damselfly.
Meanwhile, overhead Buzzard and Kestrel can now be seen on a regular basis.
In total, there have been 145 bird species, plus one sub-species, recorded at the LNR. This does not include pinioned birds that have been released, in the past, on to the loch. Click on the species list below.
Other species to be seen include Red Fox, Grey Squirrel, the nationally rare Water Vole, Roe Deer and Common Frog.
Throw in the many wildflowers that appear during the year and it is clear why Hogganfield Park LNR is a great place to visit.