Petershill Wildlife Reserve

Situated on the eastern outskirts of Bathgate in West Lothian, Petershill Wildlife Reserve was designated a Regionally Important Geological Site in 1999. The site comprises a limestone reef formed in the Carboniferous era, some 330 million years ago, and contains abundant fossils. Lime was quarried here from 1768 until two of the workings were converted into drinking water reservoirs in 1886 and 1905. These reservoirs declared redundant in 1981, were subsequent drained and the 5.4 ha (13.3 acres) site was gifted to the Scottish Wildlife Trust in 1990 as a nature reserve.

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