The Hamiltonhill Claypits Lnr is a striking example of post-industrial ecology a stone’s throw away from Glasgow’s city centre. This history of urban wilding in the shadow of industry, combined with some intentional planting over the years, has led to the Claypits unique mosaic of species and habitats. With the recent installation of well developed paths and the sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS), the site has entered a new stage in its evolution. While the works have clearly caused disruption of the site and we’ve yet to ascertain fully whether we have lost species as a result, it has also created space for new arrivals and community compositions.
Despite being Glasgow’s smallest LNR at 6.73 hectares, the Claypits has a rich variety of ecosystems, including: flower rich meadow; mixed plantation woodland formed from oak, hazel, birch, and honeysuckle; dense scrub, composed of grey willow, goat willow and hawthorne; reed swamp; and ponds, including the newly created SUDS pond.
The Claypits provides wildlife watching opportunities for locals and visitors alike from across the city and beyond.