Nature Reserve

4th May 2016 the Nature Reserve has been extended to include all areas of the park. Details below.

City of Glasgow Robroyston Park Local Nature Reserve Number 1 Declaration 2016

Wetland and Open Water
A series of pools were created in the north of the park in 1996 and a sluice system was later introduced to increase the water levels to their current state. Little grebe have been present on the pools since 1998, and in 2002 they bred successfully, for the first time in Robroyston Park. Jack snipe can also be found in the marshlands. Dragonflies, such as common darters, and common blue damselflies, can be abundant in this part of the park during the summer months. The Ponds and other Wetlands offer opportunities for water birds, such as Moorhen, to raise their young. They also provide feeding areas for birds such as the Grey Heron, which feed on frogs ad fish. The water also proves to be an ideal home for smaller creatures such as snails and water beetles, as well as aquatic plants, all good food for frogs and toads which regularly breed in the smaller pond. The southern pond was created in the 1980s and an island was constructed in 2002 to provide a safe area for nesting waterbirds. Mute swans and mallard ducks are frequent visitors and in spring common frogs and common toads spawn in the pond.

The large areas of wild grassland provide food for insects and small mammals, and a hunting ground for kestrels and foxes. Butterflies such as small tortoiseshell and small copper feed on the flowering plants that flourish here in the summer months. Much of the grassland is marshy and dominated by soft rush with other plants such as sneezewort, clovers, vetches, bird's-foot trefoil and northern marsh orchid, making colourful displays. The Grassland is home to birds such as Skylark and Grasshopper Warbler. Listen for the distinctive trilling "fishing reel" song of the Grasshopper Warbler on arm, still, summer evenings. The tall grassland provides cover, and food, in the form of seed, as well as providing home for insects such as grasshoppers. In the summer, the grassland is transformed with a variety of colourful flowering plants which in turn attract a range of colourful insects - look out for the Painted Lady butterfly ad the striking Six-spot Burnet moth.

Robroyston Park supports small sections of broad-leaved and mixed woodland plantations. Most recently, to the east of the park oak, alder, rowan and poplar have been planted, while the woodlands in the central and southern areas consist mostly of alder, birch and willow. Woodland provides cover and food for birds such as Willow Warbler - listen for its beautiful song in summer. In winter see if you can spot the Fieldfare or Redwing. These thrushes travel to Scotland from the continent to escape harsh weather, if you are lucky you may also see a family of Roe Deer that have made the woodland their home. Removing some of there trees (thinning) helps to create more light, encouraging other wildlife to use the space, while retaining the tree cover. This also creates a more welcoming woodland for people walking through the reserve.

There are a few small areas of heath within the park consisting of heath rush, cross-leaved heath and various mosses. They also support many different grassland plants such as wavy hair-grass, devil's-bit scabious and mat-grass.


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