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West Dunbartonshire

Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago ©David Mason Website

West Dunbartonshire is one of the 32 local government council areas of Scotland. The area lies to the west of the City of Glasgow and contains many of Glasgow's commuter towns and villages, as well as the city's suburbs. West Dunbartonshire also borders onto Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and Stirling. The area is essentially composed of three parts: the towns of Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven district. West Dunbartonshire is administered from Dumbarton, although Clydebank is the largest town.

There are green and open places so whether it is the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond or dramatic views of the River Clyde the area has great scenery.

There are a number of well managed woodlands as well as the Kilpatrick Hills to enjoy and the reserve at the saltings.

County Recorder

Iain Gibson

8 Kenmure View, Howwood, Johnstone, Renfrewshire PA0 1DR

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Useful Reading

Where to Watch Birds in Scotland

Mike Madders and Julia Welstead - 297 pages, b/w illus, maps - Christopher Helm

ISBN: 071365693X

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The Saltings


Satellite View

The Saltings is located near the Erskine Bridge and is bounded by the River Clyde and the Forth and Clyde Canal. The views down the River Clyde are stunning and Dumbarton Rock can be seen in the distance. It's an area around 19 hectares made up of of regenerated woodland and meadow. It is is noted for its wetland habitats.



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West Dunbartonshire Local Plan


The Inner Clyde SPA qualifies by regularly supporting an internationally important wintering population of redshank Tringa Totanus (1992/93 – 96/97 winter peak mean of 2,107, 1% of Eastern Atlantic Flyaway, 2% of British). This is one of the highest density wintering populations of redshank in Britain…