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Bing’s for Wildlife

Bing’s for Wildlife is a project within the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative that will manage derelict coal bings for wildlife with the help of volunteers. 

The Inner Forth area was at the heart of Scotland’s industrial revolution and was particularly important for our coal industry. Large spoil heaps (known locally as bings) have been left scattered across the landscape through the demise of coal industries and are an important reminder of our past.

Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) on Yellow rattle © S. Bairner

Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) on Yellow rattle © S. Burgess

Many of these brownfield sites have been reclaimed by nature and provide valuable habitat for a wide range of species, particularly invertebrates.

These brownfield sites contain important habitat features such as species rich grassland, bare ground and early successional habitats that are fragmented in the natural landscape and act as important ‘stepping stones’ across the Inner Forth area. 

With the help of volunteers from The Conservation Volunteers, the local community and surrounding areas, this project will manage two bings for wildlife that lie within the Inner Forth area. The two sites that will benefit from this project are Fallin Bing in Fallin, near Stirling and Garibaldi Bing near Carronshore, Falkirk.

Habitat management at both sites will involve scrub and invasive plant removal and the creation of bare ground for warmth loving invertebrates. Fallin Bing will further benefit through the planting of almost 3,000 wildflower plug plants of native species such as Red clover (Trifolium pratense), Vipers bugloss (Echium vulgare) and Ladies bedstraw (Galium verum). Small pools will be created at Garibaldi Bing for aquatic invertebrates such as damselflies and pond skaters.

LIFE Logo

LIFE Logo

These sites, which serve as a reminder of the mining heritage of the Inner Forth, are offering a new opportunity for the community to learn about the past, whilst undertaking activity which contributes to a healthy and active lifestyle, and a healthy ecosystem.

If you’re interested in volunteering on the Bing’s for Wildlife project or attending events please contact Suzanne Burgess or call the Stirling Office on 01786 447504.

The Bing’s for Wildlife project will be working in partnership with Stirling Council and Falkirk Council.

Bing’s for Wildlife is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Central Scotland Green Network and the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community delivered as part of the EcoCo LIFE project:  LIFE13 BIO/UK/000428 

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