Arches provide a welcome to nature reserve visitors

Picture showing design of new arches at Bonnyfield Community Nature Reserve in Bonnybridge.''Submitted by access Ranger Fiona Wishart''01324 501016''07701005409
Picture showing design of new arches at Bonnyfield Community Nature Reserve in Bonnybridge.''Submitted by access Ranger Fiona Wishart''01324 501016''07701005409

Bonnyfield Local Nature Reserve in Bonnybridge now has three eye-catching new arches to point the way for visitors.

The reserve’s Ranger team has been working with Morgan Blacksmiths in Cumbernauld to create the three metre-high structures, which were designed with the help of the reserve group and local people who use the park.

Access Ranger Fiona Wright said: “They were keen to have the original logo that local schoolchildren made when it was designated Falkirk’s first nature reserve in 1998.

“The arches have a variety of wildlife on them associated with the reserve including roe deer, fox and the resident heron.

“The reserve is important in Falkirk for pollinating insects so there are also butterflies, dragonflies and the burnet moth which is found in the reserve”.

She added: “Bonnyfield is an important refuge for wintering birds and all kinds of mammals, and has some important meadows.

“One of the meadows was awarded coronation meadow status which was presented to one of our team at Highgrove House by Prince Charles in 2013.

“The new arches are impressive and will finally give this little nature reserve its name above the door and a sense of place.

“Some people may think it’s just a park or a greenspace, so these new arches will be a fantastic new entrance feature for the reserve as well as letting people know that they are entering a nature reserve - and the responsibility that comes with that”.

The arches are at Bonnyview Place, Emma’s Way, and the playing field entrance to the reserve behind Bonnybridge Community Centre.