The community of Thornhill are fortunate enough to have two areas of common land which bound the village on its north and south sides. The North Common is wilder in character than its counterpart to the south, comprising a mix of grassland, marshland, scrub and woodland habitats.
These habitats support a wide variety of plants and animals, and many villagers enjoy regular walks around the North Common’s network of paths.
As well as providing these walkers with flowers and bird song, especially during the spring and summer, this mosaic of open areas, shrubs and trees gives the village easy access to many species that would be difficult to find in much of the surrounding gardens and farmland.
The value of the site to Thornhill’s community has long been recognised, and the North Common is currently being considered as a Local Nature Conservation Site by Stirling Council.
To inform the community’s plans for the North Common, Thornhill Community Trust commissioned a report from Thornhill Biodiversity Group member and professional ecological consultant Matt Harding.
This report, which you can read here, contains the results of a detailed survey of the habitats and plants species found on the North Common. It also pulls together available information on other groups such as birds and insects, and makes some suggestions about how the area might be managed in the future to maintain and enhance the features and species of greatest interest.
You can download and read the final report and accompanying maps at the links below.