Areas of Special Scientific Interest in West Dunbartonshire

Areas of Special Scientific Interest

1400 Areas of Special Scientific interest in Scotland
West Dunbartonshire has 8 SSSI’s

Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are those areas of land and water that we consider best represent our natural heritage in terms of their:

Flora – i.e. plants

Fauna – i.e. animals

Geology – i.e. rocks

Geomorphology – i.e. landforms

A mixture of these natural features

These nationally important sites are designated by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) under the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004. There are three such sites in the area around Bonhill:

Auchenreoch Glen SSSI, which is notified for its calcareous grassland and wetland habitats

Dumbarton Muir SSSI, notified for its blanket and raised bog habitats

Lang Craigs SSSI, notified for its tall herb ledge upland habitat



Areas of Special Scientific Interest in West Dunbartonshire

Auchenreoch Glen Bonhill
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Auchenreoch Glen
Bonhill

Is a deeply incised valley 1.5km south-east of Bonhill containing a rare habitat of plants and grasses ... >> READ MORE

Cochno Hill & Loch Humphrey Burn
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Cochno Hill & Loch Humphrey Burn

A 656Ha Area Located over the southern slopes of Kilpatrick Hills >> READ MORE

Dumbarton Muir
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Dumbarton Muir

Located on the back of Bellsmyre, grassland and blanket bogs litter the area. >> READ MORE

Dumbarton Rock
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Dumbarton Rock

Dumbarton Rock is one of the best known landmarks in West Dunbartonshire and one of the key areas with the history of Dumbarton >> READ MORE

Langcraigs, Dumbarton
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Lang Craigs
Dumbarton

A rocky outcrop which dominates the skyline above Dumbarton, Lang Craigs is home to sheltered glens... >> READ MORE


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Inner Clyde Estuary

Located between the Isle of Brute and main Lain West Dumbartonshire, large open water offing a wide range of wildlife. >> READ MORE


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Bonhill Community Woodlands

Beechwood, Broomhill & Croft Huggan Woods Bonhill. 10 hectares community-based woodland >> READ MORE