Open day celebrates the natural beauty of Ravenswood

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 20:13 on 26 June 2015

Ravenswood Local Nature Reserve

The welcome stone at the Reserve's entrance, off Island Road. Picture: Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.

TRAVEL down Cumbernauld’s Island Road and aside from the various island-themes street names, you will find the Ravenswood Local Nature Reserve.

A valuable wetland site spanning 17 hectares on the north side of the Ravenswood area of Cumbernauld, the reserve is valuable for the local environment because of its wetland flora and fauna.

Combing wildflower meadows, butterfly-laden marsh, orchids, a pond, and creatures valuable to a health eco-system, the reserve has proven itself to be popular with local residents and out-of-town visitors, who use the reserve for its long-spanning views over the M80, to walk, cycle, observe the wildlife or walk their pet pooches. 

Walking the surfaced path through the gate, visitors stroll through the wet meadow, passing marsh-land and commonly spotted orchids, in a serene location. 

The luckiest visitors to the area are those who catch a glimpse of one of the rarest butterflies, however: the small pearl bordered fritillary.

Strolling along and up the paths, visitors come to what is known as Rabbit Hill, where a stone viewpoint indicates nearby places of interest, before the pavement passes by Coot Pond and along the tree lined avenue of the old Pollockshole Farm.

Last Saturday (20th June) local residents were offered a chance to experience Ravenswood Local Nature Reserve as never before, with a special ‘celebration day’ organised by the greenspace development department of North Lanarkshire Council.

The event was pulled together by the council’s greenspace development team, and was supported by the Cumbernauld Living Landscape project. 

Visitors to the event came and went as the day’s activities, which included wildflower planting, guided tours and, yes, even education for those who were not as green-fingered as other attendees. 

After the event, a spokesperson for Cumbernauld Living Landscape took to the organisation’s Facebook to thank everybody who managed to make it along.

“We had a small gathering at Ravenswood Local Nature Reserve yesterday, and what we didn't have in numbers we certainly had in quality,” they posted.

“We are looking forward to seeing the beautiful wild-flowers in the orchid meadow come up after the Conservation and Biodiversity teams got tore in with some extra planting. Once summer arrives we might event get to see loads of butterflies on the site too,” the post added.

View our gallery of pictures from the day below. All of the images were taken by Scott Campbell and are the copyright of Cumbernauld Media.