Hogganfield Park LNR

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.

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.

Marshy ponds, scrub and woodland – June 2016 – copyright Jim Coyle

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.

Platform – copyright Jim Coyle

In winter, these birds can include Whooper Swan, Goosander, Goldeneye and Iceland Gull.

Juvenile Whooper Swan – Hogganfield Loch – copyright Jim Coyle

Goosander – Hogganfield Loch – copyright Jim Coyle

Some rarities have been found including Lesser Scaup, American Wigeon and European White-fronted Goose.

In summer, Reed Buntings, Whitethroats and Sedge Warblers can be heard calling from the marsh and scrub to the east of the LNR. This can also be a good place for butterflies and damselflies, including the Blue-tailed.

Blue-tailed Damselfly – copyright Jim Coyle

Meanwhile, overhead Buzzard and Kestrel can now be seen on a regular basis.

All in all, a great place to visit.