Habitat conservation and management
South Lanarkshire has a very rich and varied landscape and natural heritage, with habitats like the ancient woodlands of the Clyde and Avon Valleys. Our varieties of lowland raised bogs are of international significance for conservation.
Our Biodiversity Strategy will help protect these environments.
We manage 800 hectares of woodland, much of which is ancient and semi-natural and therefore of great importance to nature conservation. Some of the larger woodlands, such as those at Chatelherault Country Park and Calderglen Country Park offer extensive walking and cycling routes amongst spectacular gorge landscapes.
A major project is underway to remove conifers from Chatelherault Country Park. This will allow the regeneration of native trees providing habitat for wildlife. We are also working on restoring native woodlands running through Hamilton and Blantyre. Local communities are instrumental in contributing to Woodland Management Plans in areas including Backmuir, Neilsland and Earnock, Udston and Glenlee.
If you would like to get involved as part of the local community or would like any more information on the projects please get in touch.