The Stirling council area is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland, and has a population of about 91,000 (2012). It covers most of the former county of Stirling (except Falkirk) and the south-western portion of the former county of Perth. Both counties were abolished for local government purposes. The administrative centre of the area is the city of Stirling.
The majority of the population of the area is located in its southeast corner, in the city of Stirling and in the surrounding lowland communities: Bridge of Allan and Dunblane to the north, Bannockburn to the immediate south, and the three former coal mining communities of Cowie, Fallin, and Plean
The remaining 30 percent of the region's population is sparsely distributed across the rural, mainly highland, expanse in the north of the region. The southern half of this rural area comprises the flat western floodplain of the River Forth, bounded on the south by the Touch Hills and the Campsie Fells. North of the glen lie the Trossachs mountains, and the northern half of the region is generally mountainous in character.
The area borders the council areas of Clackmannanshire (to the east), North Lanarkshire (to the south), Falkirk (to the south east), Perth and Kinross (to the north and north east), Argyll and Bute (to the north and north west), and both East and West Dunbartonshire to Stirling's southwest.
3 Sinclair Street, Dunblane FK5 0AH
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Where to Watch Birds in Scotland
Mike Madders and Julia Welstead - 297 pages, b/w illus, maps - Christopher Helm
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Places to Stay
Kilronan House - B&B Bridge of Allan
There is a great deal of information on what to see and do included on this site and on the booking page you can see comments from guests. Your hosts are Colin & Linda George
In the summer, pied flycatchers and redstarts breed here, along with resident birds. Buzzards nest on the crags in the wood and black grouse can sometimes be seen on the moorland…
Argaty Red Kites
Here on our farm just north of Stirling, we run Central Scotland's only red kite feeding station where visitors can watch these exciting birds and their spectacular flying. The farm lies on the Braes of Doune in the area of Central Scotland where the RSPB and Scottish Natural Heritage have reintroduced the red kite…
Central Scotland Forest
The Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSFT) leads the partnership which is creating the Forest. It is supported by formal partners (the Scottish Executive, Scottish Enterprise and the LECs, the Forestry Commission, the area's five Local Authorities and Scottish Natural Heritage) and informal partners including local communities, voluntary organisations, the private sector and the area's farmers and landowners…
Gillian Dinsmore's Bird Ringing Blog
This blog is a diary of my bird ringing, nest recording and ring reading activities in the United Kingdom along with a few of my other wildlife adventures! I am currently a C permit bird ringer and nest recorder and have been since March 2010 I currently work on colour ringing projects on Reed Warbler, Coot and Black-headed Gull. I'm studying Ecology at the University of Stirling.