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Bridgeness Biodiversity

Bridgeness Biodiversity is a project in the Inner Forth area in Bo’ness that is managing a brownfield site and wildflower area for wildlife and people.

Bridgeness, in Bo’ness, is within the Inner Forth area and is currently heavily developed with industry and housing, although, due to the John Muir Way and local tourist attractions there are a high number of visitors to the local area.

Grangepans Meadow © Suzanne Bairner

Grangepans Meadow © Suzanne Burgess

This project will manage a brownfield site known locally as Bridgeness Ship Breakers for the UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority habitat ‘Open Mosaic Habitat on Previously Developed Land’ (OMH), as well as create and manage a wildflower meadow in the Grangepans area which was previously amenity grassland. Both Bridgeness Ship Breakers and Grangepans grassland act as an important green corridor that functionally links important habitat and allows the movement and mixing of wildlife throughout Bo’ness.

 

During a recent survey, Bridgeness Ship Breakers was identified as being important for wildlife, particularly invertebrates including bumblebee, butterflies and grasshoppers as well as the Hobo spider (Tegenaria agrestis) which is uncommon in Scotland and typical of brownfield sites. This site is also important for plants with over 145 species being recorded so far. With the help of volunteers from the local community, this project has removed invasive Sea buckthorn, controlled scrub and bramble and cleared litter to make it a safer place for the local community to use and enjoy. The clearance of scrub has enhanced the area for wildflowers providing better a larger area for foraging pollinators.

 

In the area of amenity grassland at Grangepans, this project has created a species rich wildflower meadow for wildlife and people. A diverse range of native species of wildflower have been planted through seed and plugs with the help of volunteers and local school children.

 

If you’re interested in volunteering on the Bridgeness Biodiversity project please contact Suzanne Burgess or call the Stirling Office on 01786 447504.

 

The Bridgeness Biodiversity project is working in partnership with Falkirk Council and the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative.

 

Bridgeness Biodiversity is funded and supported by Falkirk Environment Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund through the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative and the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community. 

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