Wildlife Corridors in West Dunbartonshire

Wildlife Corridors

What are wildlife corridors?

A wildlife corridor is a link of wildlife habitat, generally native vegetation, woodlands or rivers which joins two or more larger areas of similar wildlife habitat. Our wildlife corridors are critical for the health of natural areas and species allowing for the movement of animals and the continuation of viable numbers. By providing landscape connections between larger habitat areas, corridors enable animals and vegetation to move and set up home in or near our communities.

Corridors can consist of a sequence;


Stepping stones across the landscape e.g., paddock trees, wetlands and roadside vegetation.


Continuous lineal strips of vegetation and habitat (such as riparian strips, ridge lines etc.),


or they maybe parts of a larger habitat area selected for its known or likely importance to local fauna.



Why are corridors important? Habitat loss and fragmentation are the two main contributors to continuing biodiversity decline across the landscape.



Wildlife Corridors in West Dunbartonshire

River Leven Corridor
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River Leven Corridor

Connecting Loch Lomond to the Clyde estuary. The River Leven runs through through the Vale of Leven and is a key feature of the green network in West Dunbartonshire. >> READ MORE