Cardowan Moss

A local nature reserve located close to the northeast boundary of Glasgow City Council Area, Cardowan Moss is situated to the south of Frankfield Loch, a quarter-mile (0.5 km) southwest of Cardowan, with the pubic housing estates of Garthamlock and Craigend lying immediately to the south and southwest respectively. The 45-ha (111 -acre) reserve was designated in 2006 and comprises birch and alder woodland, ponds and relict raised bog. The latter supports skylark, wheatear, snipe and meadow pipit. Nationally-rare water vole inhabit the network of drainage ditches which cross the reserve, most notably the Cardowan Drain which flows through the middle of the site from west to east, while the ponds support wading birds and provide breeding grounds for frogs and palmate newts. Reed buntings inhabit the willow scrub, along with roe deer.

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