New nature conservation site designated near Stirling Castle

Gillies Hill in Cambusbarron as the first local nature conservation site in Stirling.

Gillies Hill: Area becomes first local nature conservation site in Stirling.
Gillies Hill: Area becomes first local nature conservation site in Stirling. Wikipedia

A new nature conservation site has been designated near Stirling Castle.

Councillors agreed on Friday to designate Gillies Hill in Cambusbarron as the first local nature conservation site (LNCS) in Stirling.

Stirling Council officers have been investigating the feasibility of designating the area of Gillies Hill as both a Local Nature Conservation Site (LNCS) or Local Nature Reserve (LNR) since 2015.

The council worked with The Wildlife Information Centre (TWIC) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to survey its biodiversity value.

It is the first work of this kind to be undertaken at the site for nearly 30 years.

The TWIC reported: "Gillies Hill has had extensive survey work carried out to identify flora and fauna present and there is strong community support to maintain the site for wide biodiversity purposes, including education and public enjoyment."

Stirling Council's environment convener, Danny Gibson, said: "We are very supportive of the community's wishes for the value of Gillies Hill, with its unique biodiversity and heritage to be recognised.

"The survey work has identified that the area's flora and fauna indicates that Gillies Hill may be designated as a local nature reserve.

"I commend the commitment and passion of the local community in working to help identify the species present."

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