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Linhouse Glen

Linhouse Glen ©Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Linhouse Glen ©Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Linnet Hen ©Margaret Holland
  • Spotted Flycatcher ©Margaret Holland
  • Oystercatcher ©Margaret Holland
  • Linnet Cock ©Margaret Holland
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    Situated to the south of Livingston and to the north of the Linhouse Water, Linhouse Glen is a mixture of habitats including heathland, native woodland and species-rich grassland.

    Species of interest include greater butterfly orchid and fragrant orchid

    You can also encounter these following animals- so keep your eyes open!

    To download the Reserve's Features Map- click here

    Within Scotland's varied landscape lies the Scottish Wildlife Trust's wildlife reserves which have provided a secure haven for wildlife for 50 years. We have 120 reserves covering an area of more than 20,000 hectares.

    Our reserves support:

    • 168 UK Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Species
    • 204 species from the Scottish Biodiversity List
    • 15 species from the SNH Species Action Framework plus many others

    The reserves offer good opportunities for watching wildlife and are vital in securing the long-term future of Scotland's wildlife.

  • Directions

    The reserve can be accessed from the A899 south from Jct 3 on the M8.
    At the roundabout, take the A71 west towards West Calder. Take the first turning on the left, then turn left again at the T-junction onto Murieston East Road. Take the fourth road on the left (Murieston Road).
    Just before a sharp right turn, turn left into a short section of road where you can park.

    Getting Onto the Reserve

    From the parking area, walk through the gap next to a large metal gate.

    Follow the red cinder track to the right and across a wooden bridge for about 1.25 miles, until a path leads off to the right (NT074647) in the direction of the Linhouse Water. You will pass under the railway viaduct into the north-eastern part of the reserve.

    It is also possible to access the reserve by crossing the railway over a designated crossing point.

    Visitors are asked to take great care when using the crossing and ensure they follow all the advice shown on the signage.

Contact

Phone: 0131 312 7765

Web:  www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

Email: enquiries@swt.org.uk

Location

Linhouse Glen
Morton Road
Near Livingston
EH53 0JT

Facilities

  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Children Welcome

Details

Price:

FREE

Best time to visit May- August

One of the access points into the reserve is via a footpath crossing over a railway track. Visitors are asked to take great care when using the crossing and ensure they follow all the advice shown on the signage. Visitors MUST use the designated crossing. It is an offence (not to mention extremely dangerous) to trespass anywhere else on the railway.

Free

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