One of East Dunbartonshire’s environmental hidden gems has been given an upgrade to improve the visitor experience.
Barloch Moor, a Local Nature Conservation Site in Milngavie which is home to wildlife including Roe Deer and Kingfisher, has undergone an overhaul to improve access.
The improvements, carried out by East Dunbartonshire Council’s Streetscene Technical Support in partnership with the Roads Department, include the construction of two new bridges to replace existing bridges and the upgrading of some main paths within the moor.
The footpaths have been resurfaced with ULTITREC, a recycled material which was chosen for being sustainable, low cost and because it gives a slightly loose finish to provide grip during icy conditions.
Thomas Glen, Depute Chief Executive at East Dunbartonshire Council, added, "These improvements will make it easier for visitors to access all that this fantastic natural space has to offer.
“The upgrade of pathways will also improve general access in the area. Local residents will be able to walk from Buchanan Street to Mugdock Road and links to the city centre will also be improved.”
Barloch Moor, located alongside Old Mugdock Road, is a wooded area with some open grassy space which covers 9.24 acres. The area boasts a rich diversity of flora and fauna and is a well-used resource for environmental education.
Members of the public were invited to an information event in Milngavie in December when they were encouraged to help shape the five year management plan for the site.
The plan, being put forward by contractors Heritage Environment Ltd, aims to improve access, enhance biodiversity and the general management of the area.