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John Muir Pollinator Way

The John Muir Pollinator Way is an inspirational landscape scale project which has mapped Scotland’s first B-Line to highlight opportunities for reconnecting fragmented habitats across the central belt of Scotland from Dunbar to Helensburgh. 

The John Muir Way stretches 134 miles across Scotland, running from the birthplace of John Muir in Dunbar on the east coast all the way to Helensburgh in the west. This network of good quality pathways includes cycleways, canals and even disused railways and passes through nine different local authority areas.

Hogganfield Park - Suzanne Bairner

The John Muir Pollinator May has created a ‘B-Lines’ opportunity map that follows the route of the John Muir Way across Scotland, as well as 3km either side of the route. This map has identified where wildflower forage and nesting habitats for pollinators and other wildlife can be created, enhanced and managed along the John Muir Way including on school grounds, golf courses, cemeteries and public parks. Through this mapping exercise, we have engaged with local communities and other organisations and the local authorities that the route passes through to identify initial stretches along the John Muir Way where wildflower meadow creation will provide the biggest benefits to their community. 


This will provide an essential first step for a much wider habitat creation partnership project. These new connected habitats will help to improve important pollinator populations in the Central Scotland Green Belt allowing them to be more resilient to climate change and habitat loss in our ever changing world. 


The establishment of these connected habitats will also provide a nature rich experience for walkers and cyclists, and improve local green spaces and enhance green infrastructure for some of Scotland’s most deprived communities.


Our aim is to create Scotland’s first B-line connecting Dunbar in the east to Helensburgh in the west.  The John Muir Pollinator Way is an essential first step to identify where wildflower meadow creation will bring multiple benefits for local communities and our declining pollinator populations.

- Suzanne Bairner

In 2016, over 250 people from schools and communities along the route of the John Muir Way and elsewhere across Scotland have helped make bug homes, plant native wildflowers and create new habitat for pollinating insects and other wildlife.


Fact sheets and updates downloads

·         John Muir Pollinator Way mapping report

·         John Muir Pollinator Way appendix to mapping report

Workshop downloads

·         West Lothian Report

·         West Dunbartonshire Report

·         Stirlingshire Report

·         North Lanarkshire Report

·         Falkirk Report

·         Edinburgh Report

·         East Dunbartonshire Report

·         East Lothian Report

·         Argyll and Bute Report

Related links

·         Buglife Scotland

·         Pollinator survey


The John Muir Pollinator Way is funded and supported by Scottish Natural Heritage and Central Scotland Green Network Trust

Do you live, work or manage land along the John Muir Way or are you part of a community group or school?

We’d love to hear about any opportunities for developing pollinator habitat and if you are already doing things please add them to our B-Lines map.