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Spanning the Glasgow City and North Lanarkshire council boundary between Easterhouse, Coatbridge and Stepps, the Seven Lochs Wetland Park is Scotland’s largest urban heritage and nature park.

Hogganfield, Frankfield, Bishop, Lochend, Woodend, Johnston and Garnqueen. The seven lochs that give the park its name were formed when a huge ice sheet that covered most of the UK melted at the end of the last Ice Age. Since then, the story of the Seven Lochs reflects the last 10,000 years of Scotland’s history. Mesolithic hunter-gatherers camped on the loch shores, while Iron Age people lived in crannogs at Bishop and Lochend Lochs. Medieval Bishops and Barons fished and hunted in the lochs and woodlands. Animals like wolves, brown bear and lynx were hunted to extinction as the wildwood gave way to farms and grand estates. More recently the riches beneath the soil saw the landscape dominated by mines, brickworks and steelworks, before post war housing development created new neighbourhoods like Ruchazie and Easterhouse.

Despite this long history of landscape change some fragments of ancient natural habitat remain in the area’s reedbeds, marshes and peatland. Wildlife has adapted to thrive in the new landscape of fields, hedgerows and parks. Today the 16 sq km area is a rich mix of woodland, wetland, parks and farmland – including a Country Park, two Sites of Special Scientific Interest and six local nature reserves. It really is heritage on your doorstep, and a great place to relax and lose yourself in nature.

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