Welcome to the Claypits!
Once an industrial hub linked to the canal, now a much-loved green place in the heart of our communities, that is enjoyed by everyone who visits.
This website is run by Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve Management Group. We are a community group that aims to work with others to protect and enhance the wildlife that lives here. We work with the landowners, Scottish Canals, to maintain this amazing green place for the local communities and visitors. When you visit you can connect with the nature on your doorstep and enjoy all that it has to offer.
The Claypits is a nature reserve with wooded walks and paths running alongside the Forth and Clyde Canal, between the Firhill and Applecross basins. It was once an industrial hub linked to the canal and Glasgow’s history. It has grown, over many years, into a place for nature and wildlife to thrive. Today it is a much-loved greenspace in the heart of our communities and enjoyed by all who visit.
At the Claypits you can enjoy the most amazing views of Glasgow and also catch glimpses of the site’s industrial past.
Wildlife is all around you, and if you are lucky you may spot roe deer, dragonflies and finches, and wild flowers
The new bridge and walkway have opened up the site to the city and connected the communities across the canal.
The Claypits is a place to meet friends, old and new, whether you are running, cycling, fishing, walking your dog or just taking a stroll.
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Hamiltonhill Claypits is a local nature reserve located on rewilded post-industrial site close to the city centre along the Forth and Clyde Canal. Over the years, the Claypits has developed a rich mosaic of habitats, including woodland composed of willow, birch, pine and oak amongst others, mire and ponds with reeds, sedges and wildflowers, and wealth of visiting and resident birds, invertebrates and mammals.
The recent infrastructural works and installation of sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) in the Claypits has meant that much has changed on the site over the last two years, and we are keen to learn how the wildlife has responded, and what we can all do to make it thrive!
Our management committee is made up of volunteer members from the local communities around the Claypits. Community is at the heart of all our projects, whether it be habitat monitoring and care work, our artistic collaborations, or our regular events such as nature walks and litter picks.
As well as being a local nature reserve, the Claypits is also a place for recreation and nature connection. As the management commitee, we host regular events such as nature walks and litter picks. We also hold events with the partners we work with on collaborative projects, from art related activities to wildlife monitoring and habitat care. Check our callender regularly or sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with our events.
The Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve Management Group is a community group of volunteers.
We are a registered charity. We work in common interest with the landowners, Scottish Canals and Glasgow City Council, to maintain and promote awareness of the ecology and heritage of the Claypits.
We are volunteer run, and there are many ways to get involved!
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