Petershill Nature Reserve

Petershill Nature Reserve is a wonderful place to enjoy nature, geology and conservation with interesting habitats & quiet spaces.

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Local Geodiversity Site  (LGS)

Petershill was originally a quarry where limestone was collected , first recorded in 1768.This continued until it was converted into drinking water reservoirs in 1886 and in 1905. The reservoirs were no longer needed  by 1972 and the reservoirs were drained between 1984 to 1986. 

After that the 5.4 ha reserve was first identified as part of a larger Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1976, and it was gifted to the Scottish Wildlife Trust as a nature reserve in January 1990. In September 1999, it was also designated a Regionally Important Geological Site now known as a Local Geodiversity Site (LGS)

Interesting Articles

Petershill Geology & Wildlife
West Lothian Council Leaflet

Petershill Vegetation Survey 2020
Ben and Alison Averis for Scottish Wildlife Trust

Conservation Grazing
Shetland Cattle Breeders Association

Learn how to respect and protect this special place