Local Nature Reserves in South Lanarkshire

Backmuir Woods

Backmuir is located to the north east of the town of Hamilton in South Lanarkshire. The site is bound by residential housing to the west with industrial units to the north and east. To the north lies the East Kilbride expressway (A725) and to the south lies the grounds of Holy Cross High School and Bothwell Road Park. Backmuir is an area of ancient, semi-natural woodland and scrub which is centred on the riparian zones of the Park and Wellshaw burns; the watercourses provide additional diversity to the site and form an important wildlife corridor linking to other woodlands and waterways.

For more information on the site, please read the LNR Management Statement. This is one of 16 new LNRs (in addition to the existing LNR at Langlands Moss which has been extended) that South Lanarkshire Council designated in 2022. If you have any questions or would like to get involved with your local nature reserve, please get in touch with the Countryside and Greenspace team by emailing CAG@southlanarkshire.gov.uk.

Map showing the area of the Backmuir Local Nature Reserve

Notice of Backmuir Woods Local Nature Reserve - No. 1 Declaration 2022

Notice is hereby given that, in pursuance of Sections 19 and 21 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, on 25 February 2022, South Lanarkshire Council declared that it intends to manage land situated at Backmuir Woods, Hamilton in the South Lanarkshire Council area and shown delineated within black boundaries on the Plan attached to said Declaration, as a Local Nature Reserve. In declaring this site as a Local Nature Reserve, the council aims to recognise and protect the area for its biodiversity, cultural history, educational and recreational value. The site is of local value due to its wildlife, natural environment and use by the community; through designation as a Local Nature Reserve, the council will maintain open access to this site for recreation and continue to work with the local community to make improvements for both nature and people.

Publication/Inspection of Documents

The National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 requires South Lanarkshire Council to publish Notice of such Declarations in such manner as appears to them best suited for informing persons concerned. In terms of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 Schedule 6 Part 3 Paragraph 9, South Lanarkshire Council are of the view that giving notice of where copies of the documentation may be inspected, or making them available for inspection in a particular manner, may give rise to a significant risk of the transmission of coronavirus, or is likely to be ineffective or inappropriate due to action taken in order to control the incidence or transmission of coronavirus and is therefore publishing this Notice and the Plan referred to here on our website. 

Enquiries

Any enquiries regarding this Notice or the Declaration should be sent by email to CAG@southlanarkshire.gov.uk or by post to:

Countryside and Greenspace Service
Community and Enterprise Resources
South Lanarkshire Council
18 Forrest Street
Blantyre
G72 0JP

Date of Notice: 8 March 2022