Local Nature Reserves in South Lanarkshire
Fernbrae Meadows (formerly Blairbeth Urban Park) is located on the far western edge of South Lanarkshire, next to the communities of Fernhill to the north and Cathkin to the east.
In late 2018 and early 2019 significant improvements were made to the former Blairbeth Golf course developing the area into a new public greenspace. The development of the greenspace provides over twenty hectares of new urban, semi-natural, managed greenspace, paths and cycle-ways to the local community. The project has created a variety of habitats throughout the proposed reserve, including wildflower meadow, woodland, wetlands and associated marshy grassland.
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.
Notice of Fernbrae Meadows 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 27 January 2022, South Lanarkshire Council declared that it intends to manage land situated at Fernbrae Meadows, Rutherglen 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.
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
- Local Nature Reserves in South Lanarkshire
- Backmuir Woods
- Bothwell, Blantyre and Uddingston
- Cadzow Glen
- Fernbrae Meadows
- Greenhall, Millheugh and Barnhill
- Hamilton Low Parks
- Holmhills Wood Community Park
- James Hamilton Heritage Park
- Jock's Burn
- Langlands Moss
- Morgan Glen
- Neilsland and Earnock
- Stonehouse Park
- Udston and Glenlee Woods