City estate set for Local Nature Reserve status

Edinburgh’s Cammo Estate is to become the city’s newest Local Nature Reserve.

Members of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Transport and Environment Committee will consider recommendations to officially declare Cammo Estate a Local Nature Reserve on Tuesday (1 November).

Cammo Estate, which lies to the north-west of the capital, was subject to a public consultation in June 2016, with respondents overwhelmingly in favour of the new status.

As a Local Nature Reserve, Cammo Estate provides a wild space where plants and animals can thrive, and will be managed to encourage this.

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “Cammo Estate, which provides an important link to the Almond River and boasts a rich history, is also a haven for local wildlife.

“Its designation as a Local Nature Reserve acknowledges the park’s natural and cultural heritage, but will also ensure it is protected and constantly improved under the management of the Council, the community and partners.”

Cammo Estate is a 39-hectare semi-natural park comprising of farmland, woodland, wetland and an ornamental canal, containing a number of protected and locally notable plant and bird species, including barn owls, tawny owls and buzzards and vegetation such as lords-and-ladies, water soldiers and rigid hornworts.

In addition, it is an important site for recreational activities, educational provision and a hub for local community events, featuring a visitor centre, a QR trail with interpretation boards and a permanent orienteering course.

In order to be declared as a Local Nature Reserve, parks must meet a number of requirements, including providing opportunities to study and research wildlife and the need to be properly managed.

The Council’s Parks, Greenspace and Cemeteries service has produced a ten-year management plan for the site up to 2020, overseen by an advisory group consisting of councillors, Council officers, and representatives of the Cramond Association, the Friends of Cammo Estate and the National Trust for Scotland.

Following its official declaration as a Local Nature Reserve, Cammo Estate will host a celebratory event in early 2017.

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