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.
“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.