Friends of Robroyston Park
Robroyston park is a well loved and well used park situated in the north east of glasgow on the site of a former colliery. Covering approximately 45 hectares, it includes a local nature reserve, childrens' play area, and a multi-use games arena (MUGA)
Pedestrian entrances are situated around the perimeter of the park in Robroyston, Barmulloch and Balornock East. Easy access is gained from Glasgow city centre by bus or car and is closely situated just off junction 2 of the M80 motorway. It is also a short car ride from Wallace Monument and Wallace Well.
October 2013 - Members of the community along with BCDC got together and created Friends of Robroyston Park and they were successful in registering the group as a Scottish Charity number SC044307
May 2014 - The community held the first clean up of the park and the surrounding areas. This continued for the next 4 years.
September 2016 - Options Study of Robroyston Park was completed
March 2017 - Robroyston Park Feasibility Study was completed with support from Big Lottery Awards for All Grant
July 2019 - Robroyton Park Wildlife Group was created on Facebook where local people can share their pictures and a renewed interest in the park starts to take hold.
March 2021 - Local people from Barmulloch and Robroyston met to clean up the park and decided this should become a regular monthly occurance.
Robroyston Park Sign
Friends of Robroyston Park Logo
Robroyston Park Legend Map
Robroyston Park - Nature Reserve
In May 2016 the Nature Reserve was extended to include all areas of the park
Photos from Robroyston Park Wildlife Group on Facebook courtesy of board member Stewart Cameron-Ward
Deer in Robroyston Park
Butterfly in Robroyston Park
Heron in Robroyston Park
Wetland and Open Water
A series of pools were created in the north of the park in 1996 and a sluice system was later introduced to increase the water levels to their current state. Little grebe have been present on the pools since 1998, and in 2002 they bred successfully, for the first time in Robroyston Park. Jack snipe can also be found in the marshlands. Dragonflies, such as common darters, and common blue damselflies, can be abundant in this part of the park during the summer months. The Ponds and other Wetlands offer opportunities for water birds, such as Moorhen, to raise their young. They also provide feeding areas for birds such as the Grey Heron, which feed on frogs ad fish. The water also proves to be an ideal home for smaller creatures such as snails and water beetles, as well as aquatic plants, all good food for frogs and toads which regularly breed in the smaller pond. The southern pond was created in the 1980s and an island was constructed in 2002 to provide a safe area for nesting waterbirds. Mute swans and mallard ducks are frequent visitors and in spring common frogs and common toads spawn in the pond.
The large areas of wild grassland provide food for insects and small mammals, and a hunting ground for kestrels and foxes. Butterflies such as small tortoiseshell and small copper feed on the flowering plants that flourish here in the summer months. Much of the grassland is marshy and dominated by soft rush with other plants such as sneezewort, clovers, vetches, bird's-foot trefoil and northern marsh orchid, making colourful displays. The Grassland is home to birds such as Skylark and Grasshopper Warbler. Listen for the distinctive trilling "fishing reel" song of the Grasshopper Warbler on arm, still, summer evenings. The tall grassland provides cover, and food, in the form of seed, as well as providing home for insects such as grasshoppers. In the summer, the grassland is transformed with a variety of colourful flowering plants which in turn attract a range of colourful insects - look out for the Painted Lady butterfly ad the striking Six-spot Burnet moth.
Robroyston Park supports small sections of broad-leaved and mixed woodland plantations. Most recently, to the east of the park oak, alder, rowan and poplar have been planted, while the woodlands in the central and southern areas consist mostly of alder, birch and willow. Woodland provides cover and food for birds such as Willow Warbler - listen for its beautiful song in summer. In winter see if you can spot the Fieldfare or Redwing. These thrushes travel to Scotland from the continent to escape harsh weather, if you are lucky you may also see a family of Roe Deer that have made the woodland their home. Removing some of there trees (thinning) helps to create more light, encouraging other wildlife to use the space, while retaining the tree cover. This also creates a more welcoming woodland for people walking through the reserve.
There are a few small areas of heath within the park consisting of heath rush, cross-leaved heath and various mosses. They also support many different grassland plants such as wavy hair-grass, devil's-bit scabious and mat-grass.