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About the Fereneze Braes
The Fereneze Braes is a habitat rich in wildlife and an important feature of the rural backdrop to the west of Barrhead .
Leaving the back gardens of houses behind, the ground slopes up through a horse pasture bounded by hawthorn trees and gorse. This website is a study of that field which has lain undisturbed for centuries and over that time has developed into a beautiful wildflower meadow and wetland providing a rich habitat for wildlife. As well as providing a home for the horses stabled there, the field is used as a play area by children, for dog walking and provides access to the countryside beyond.
At the top of the field the ground rises steeply through rough grass and heather to a height of 180m above Barrhead where the magnificent panorama of Glasgow, Paisley, the Clyde Valley and the Campsie Hills unfolds.
Features near the field include:
- a disused quarry, a designated geological SSSI and also important birdlife habitat
- Fereneze Golf course
- Harelaw Reservoir with private fishing
- Fereneze Braes Path Network, linking Barrhead, Paisley and Neilston.
- Brownside Braes, part of the Gleniffer Braes Country Park, lies to the northwest of The Fereneze Braes and the two are separated by a burn tumbling down from the Harelaw Reservoir through mixed woodland.