hedgerows, shady borders, damp meadows, relics of formal gardens and kitchen gardens, It is his considered view that the flora of our site, while not being uniquely diverse, is
open mixed woodland and a stream. uncommonly rich for an urban site and, for an area of its size, one of the most diverse in
The most important of these is the ‘Main Meadow’, i.e. the open grassland area which lies Hamilton. As such, he feels, it is worthy of an appropriate level of protection.
between the railway access road and the woodland belt.
The local Natural History Society has visited the site and helped with plant identification.
Guided walks for pupils and staff have been organised.
A hybrid Orchid
One of the main
treasures of our Main Evidence of the formal
Meadow gardens which once
On three occasions, members of our staff have been invited by Scottish Natural Heritage to
Biodiversity speak at conferences about the biodiversity of our grounds. The management of our
grounds as an educational environmental resource is regarded as an example of good
Since 2001, pupils and staff have been working to identify the flora of the whole site. practice.
Some pupils have become very knowledgeable and appreciative of the huge range of plants
which grow spontaneously in the grounds.
To date, 193 plant species have been recorded and the number continues to rise as we Recording
explore in greater detail and in all seasons.
The recording and monitoring of our flora is ongoing. Our definitive record is now
An Environmental Group was formed in 2002, involving pupils and staff in managing and maintained online. It can be found at :
developing various aspects of the rich resource we have in our grounds. This in turn led to www.geocities.com/hamiltonbiology/botany/main.htm
the forming of an Eco-Schools Group and to the awarding of the Eco-Schools Green Flag to
the School in 2004. The 193 species recorded to date include : 19 trees, 142 flowering plants, 18 grasses, 4
sedges, 5 rushes and 5 ferns.
Flowerbeds were constructed in 2003 in co-operation with Greenspace and their use is
now firmly embedded within the curriculum.
Dr. P. McPherson, the BSBI Recorder for Lanarkshire, has visited the site twice to carry
out surveys (in June 2002 and July 2005).