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- Hogganfield Loch
Hogganfield Loch is in north-east Glasgow near the boundary with North Lanarkshire, 4-5 miles from Glasgow city centre and is just off Junction 12 of the M8 eastbound motorway. It is surrounded by housing and has been a popular public park since before the Second World War. The loch is the source of the Molendinar Burn, a key influence in the siting of the city of Glasgow by St Kentigern.
Despite having a children's swing park and being a popular area of recreation for those living in the surrounding area, Hogganfield Loch is also an important Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is Glasgow’s most important site for migrant and wintering waterbirds. It is also recognised as a key regional site for wildfowl with a diverse range of birds being attracted to the loch - over 100 different species being have been recorded at the site. Many of the birds have become used to the presence of people, and in addition to large numbers of Mute Swans, Greylag Geese, Whooper Swans, Mallards, Gulls and Tufted Duck, shyer species such as Goldeneye, Goosander, Heron, Ruddy Duck, Teal, Shovelar, Pochard and Great Crested Grebe can be seen at relatively close quarters. Rarer birds such as Slavonian Grebe Smew can sometimes be seen in winter.
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