Reservoir set to become Local Nature Reserve


Under plans being put forward to Edinburgh City Council, a reservoir in the Pentland Hills Regional Park could become a legally sanctioned Local Nature Reserve (LNR).

Lying to the north of the Pentland Hills, Harperrig Reservoir – near the A70 and south-west of Kirknewton, falls within the West Lothian boundary, though for reasons of flood risk management is owned by Edinburgh City Council. 

Both Local Authorities aspire to have the area declared a LNR  and will have to enter into a legal agreement for this to be realised.

Councillor Gordon Mackenzie, Convener of the Transport, Infrastructure & Environment Committee, said:

“Harperrig Reservoir is a great place to enjoy nature and that will only get better if it’s designated as a Local Nature Reserve. LNR status will lead to enhancement of biodiversity and welfare of wildlife as well as benefitting walkers, bird-watchers and nature-lovers alike.


Councillor Carl John, who represents West Lothian Council on the Pentland Hills Regional Park Joint Committee, said:

“If the site were a Local Nature Reserve, it would allow the management group to apply for future grants, which are currently unavailable to the Council, to carry out further improvements around Harperrig Reservoir.

“Over the years, there have been long established efforts by local land managers and residents to improve the management of the facility and carry out improvements that will aid the nature conservation value of the area. This would include amenity shelter belt planting and improvements to acces routes south of the reservoir.”