Give nature a helping hand at old Polmont quarry

The former Avonglen quarry has reverted back to nature over the past 36 years. Picture: Michael Gillen
The former Avonglen quarry has reverted back to nature over the past 36 years. Picture: Michael Gillen
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Countryside rangers in Falkirk are on the hunt for nature lovers to help them maintain a disused quarry as a haven for wildlife.

The former Avonglen Quarry near Lathallan roundabout at Polmont ceased operating around 1980 and has since reverted back to a natural landscape.

It was originally a sand and gravel quarry, but it now supports a variety of different species including the great crested newt, frogs, roe deer, badgers, foxes, butteflies and wild fauna like the common spotted orchid spotted orchid and cuckoo flower.

It also has different habitats from woodland, ponds and marsh to areas of disturbed ground that home the plants and animals.

The history of the site has also been traced back to the 7th century from human remains that have been found there. The rangers are now looking to start a group that would help care for the site’s environment and is holding public meetings to run ideas past those interested in getting involved.

Falkirk Council ranger Lesley Sweeney said: “If you would like to learn more and become involved in this amazing site why not come along to our meetings and have your say in its future and help look after it.”

Public meetings are being held on March 24 at 7.30pm in Polmont’s Greenaprk Centre and in the Power Station in Whitecross on April 18.