Places to see birds

Hogganfield Park Local Nature Reserve - Glasgow

Sedge warbler perched on phragmites

Hogganfield Park is located in the northeast of Glasgow, some five kilometres from Glasgow city centre. It is bounded, to the northwest, by Cumbernauld Road (A80); to the east, by Avenue End Road (B7053); and to the south, by Lethamhill Golf Course.

The main entrance and car park is at Cumbernauld Road beside Lethamhill Golf Course. There are also footpaths from Avenue End Road, from the junction of Avenue End Road and Cumbernauld Road and from Gartloch Road.

It is accessible from Glasgow city centre by public transport (see Firstbus for details) to Cumbernauld Road and Gartloch Road.

Hogganfield Park is dominated by Hogganfield Loch, a large shallow loch with a wooded island. The loch and its surrounding grasslands, marshy ponds and woodlands were declared as a Local Nature Reserve by Glasgow City Council in 1998.

The loch supports a tremendous variety of birds attracted by a healthy population of invertebrates and fish.

You can see birds such as Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye and Goosander at close quarters. In winter, the star attractions are Whooper Swans, all the way from Iceland.

Much of the grassland is being managed to encourage wildlife. As a result, wildflowers create a colourful, attractive display which changes from spring into summer. These flowers provide an important food supply and habitat for many insects and small mammals.

Marsh and Shallow Ponds
A wetland complex of small ponds and marsh have been created on the eastern side of the Reserve. They are particularly attractive in summer with the flag iris, reedmace and rushes coming alive with the sound of birdsong. Common Frogs use the marshy pools in spring and dragonflies can be seen in summer. In late autumn Jack Snipe can be found.

A stand of mature trees can be found on the island in the loch and in recent years a small Heronry has become established. A woodland corridor has been created towards the southern entrance from Gartloch Road by planting 1000s of native trees. The trees planted include Oak which supports hundreds of insect species which attract birds such as the Blue Tit and summer visitors including Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap.

Other typical bird species, depending on the season, include:
Little Grebe, Greylag Goose, Teal, Gadwall, Pochard, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Fieldfare, Redwing, Swift, Swallow, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Goldfinch and Reed Bunting.

More unusual records include: Lesser Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Mediterranean Gull and Black Tern.

For more information see our 'links page' and click on the 'Friends of Glasgow's LNRs' web site.