Transformed from an industrial site, Knockshinnoch Lagoons is now an ideal spot for nature lovers.
With a partially wood covered coal-shale bing and open grassland Knockshinnoch Lagoons is a haven for breeding and wintering birds and other wildlife.
Despite being a former coal mine, the left-over bing, or soil heap, has re-vegetated to various stages throughout the lagoons, from bare soil to birch woodland overlooking the wetlands, leaving the wildlife in peace but allowing viewing from several points along the walking trail.
Being on a migratory route between the Solway and the Clyde, the site's mud banks attract many passage waders. The expanses of open water ensure waterfowl throughout the year but particularly in winter.
A large colony of black-headed gulls provides a particular summer spectacle. Marshland, reed-beds and willow carr complete the range of wetland habitats.
Differing stages of soil vegetation makes the area it botanically interesting and the open, flowery condition is good for invertebrates, including butterflies and day-flying moths. Other wildlife attracted to the area includes otters and water voles.