Hogganfield Park LNR

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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.

Entry feature at junction of Avenue End Road and Cumbernauld Road

Surfaced paths have also been completed (September 2018) leading from the relatively new housing estate at Bigton Street.

Footpaths from Bigton Street to Hogganfield Loch – September 2018

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,  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.

Juvenile Whooper Swan – Hogganfield Loch – copyright Jim Coyle
Goosander – Hogganfield Loch – copyright Jim Coyle
Gull, Iceland ( 2nd winter)
Iceland Gull – Hogganfield Loch – copyright Jim Coyle

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

Scaup, Lesser (male 1)
Lesser Scaup – Hogganfield Loch – copyright Jim Coyle

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.

Warbler, Willow (Hogganfield 2)
Willow Warbler – Hogganfield Park LNR – copyright Jim Coyle

This area can also be a good place for butterflies and damselflies, including the Blue-tailed damselfly.

Blue-tailed Damselfly – copyright Jim Coyle

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.

Hogganfield Species List 2020

Other species to be seen include Red Fox, Grey Squirrel, the nationally rare Water Vole, Roe Deer and Common Frog.

Common Frogs – Hogganfield Park LNR – copyright Jim Coyle

Throw in the many wildflowers that appear during the year and it is clear why   Hogganfield Park LNR is a great place to visit.