Lead Partner: West Dunbartonshire Council
Other Partners: SNH; Healthy Living Initiative
Project Team: West Dunbartonshire Council
West Dunbartonshire Countryside Ranger Service
Greenlight Enviro Squad
Project HistoryClick an image to enlarge
Old Kilpatrick to Dumbarton, Old Kilpatrick
The Saltings has now received Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
status. This is the first within West Dunbartonshire.
West Dunbartonshire Greenspace manage the site and are
implementing a programme of habitat management and improvements
with the help of West Dunbartonshire Countryside Ranger Service,
Greenlight Enviro Squad, and Land Services.
The Saltings has a well constructed path network that is
wheelchair friendly and for visitors to the site there are new
welcoming interpretation panels which tell the history of the area
and give information of wildlife that you are likely to spot at The
The Saltings LNR is an area around 19 hectares made up of of
regenerated woodland and meadow. It is is noted for its wetland
habitats. The Reserve is located to the West of Erskine Ferry
Road under the Erskine Bridge and is bounded by the River Clyde and
the Forth and Clyde Canal. The views down the River Clyde are
stunning and Dumbarton Rock can be seen in the distance.
The building of the Erskine Bridge in the late 1960's changed
the habitat of the Saltings. Poor quality marshy farmland was
filled in with rubble to carry the foundations of the bridge.
Much of the plant life of the time was destroyed but nature has
recolonised the site and new habitat types have been formed on the
site. There are areas of wildflower meadow, woodland and
saltmarsh. The marshy grassland is now home to hundreds of
wild orchids and different types of butterflies like the Peacock
and Orange-tip. Common Blue Damselflies and Common Hawk
dragonflies as well as bird species like Cormorant, Swans and Grey
Herons are commonly found here whilst the less frequent Curlew and
Oyster Catcher can also be found.
The management plan is being implemented. This is the main site
for the Clydebank Walks to Health initiative.
Ongoing for foreseeable future.
Between 2003 and 2014 Clyde Waterfront was a strategic
partnership comprising the Scottish Government, Scottish
Enterprise, Glasgow City, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire
Councils. Its purpose was to promote the economic, social and
environmental regeneration of 13 miles of the River Clyde from
Glasgow city centre to Dumbarton.