Bothkennar Pools lies between Skinflats Village and the River Carron in Falkirk, adjacent to the River Forth and a short walk from the new HELIX Park. The site is part of the Firth of Forth SPA and is noted within the Falkirk Area Biodiversity Action Plan. Bothkennar Pools features both saline and freshwater lagoons which formed due to subsidence caused by past undermining of the land. The saline lagoons and reed beds are slowly increasing in size due to this subsidence and are both of significant interest to local biodiversity.
This project aims to enhance the wetland and reedbed habitats of Bothkennar Pools to increase habitat diversity and attract new species into the area. Two tern rafts have been installed in the freshwater lagoon, creating new sites for breeding. 7.6ha of reedbed will be enhanced, and pools within the reed beds will be opened up and linked. 500 native trees, shrubs and hedging have already been planted to reduce disturbance by walkers to birds feeding in the saline lagoon, and provide new habitat for small birds and mammals. 460m of path between the lagoons have also been made more accessible to people who enjoy visiting this section of the Inner Forth.
Work will be continuing in the area into 2017, so keep an eye on this page for more updates.
The saline lagoon at Bothkennar.
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