John Muir Pollinator Way

The John Muir Pollinator Way is Scotland’s first B-Line! This inspirational landscape scale project is creating and enhancing habitat for pollinators along the entire route of the John Muir Way.

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.

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 initial 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. Working in partnership with the Central Scotland Green Network Trust and with funding from Greggs Foundation, in 2017 we transformed parks in East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, Falkirk, West Lothian and Edinburgh.

Further funding from Scottish Government and partnership working with CSGNT will create an additional 25 pollinator hotspots along the route in 2018/2019.

These new connected habitats are already improving sites for pollinators 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.

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.