Project will see Bridgeness scrap yard transformed to meadow

Wild flowers will bring biodiversity to the area
Wild flowers will bring biodiversity to the area

A scheme to encourage biodiversity in the Bridgeness area of Bo’ness will bring a wild flower meadow to a scrap yard.

Buglife, the organisation behind the project, are hoping volunteers from the local community will get involved to help fulfil the area’s potential.

Results of a recent survey revealed Bridgeness Scrap Yard as being important for wildlife, particularly invertebrates such as the Hobo spider which is uncommon in Scotland and typical of brownfield sites, and over 90 different species of wild flowers have been recorded so far.

The project aims to manage the site as an ‘Open Mosaic Habitat’ as well as create a wildflower meadow in the Grangepans area which is currently grassland.

Conservation officer Suzanne Bairner said: “Both Bridgeness Scrap Yard and Grangepans amenity grassland act as an important green corridor that functionally links important habitat and allows the movement and mixing of wildlife throughout Bo’ness.

“With the help of volunteers from the local community, this project will remove invasive buddleia, control scrub and brambles, and clear litter to make it a safer place for the local community to use and enjoy.”

Join Buglife in Bo’ness on Thursday, October 29, from 10am-1pm to learn about the importance of this site for wildlife and get involved with tasks including scrub removal and litter picks.

Sturdy shoes, warm clothes and waterproofs are advised. The site is accessed from Pier Road off the A904 and is next to the funeral directors.

For more information contact or 01786 447504.