Hogganfield Loch and the surrounding herb-rich grasslands, marsh and woodland, along with other amenity open space and play areas, make up Hogganfield Park.
This popular public park attracts visitors from all over the city and beyond, for recreational pursuits such as bird watching, walking, running and angling.
The loch is Glasgow’s most important site for migrant and wintering waterfowl, and is also recognised as a key regional site for wildfowl. Wintering numbers of Goosander and Whooper Swans from Iceland are of particular interest while the sheer variety of bird species, and the ease with which they can be seen, heighten Hogganfield’s appeal. This year is the 30th anniversary of the designation of Hogganfield Local Nature Reserve (LNR), which includes the loch and much the the surrounding parkland.
The grasslands provide an array of bright colours in summer, when wildflowers are in blossom and the butterflies, bees and other insects are active in the sunshine. The gradation in habitat to marshy grassland, marsh and open water supports Reed Bunting, Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler and wintering Jack Snipe.
The nationally declining Water Vole has been recorded in the park, grazing Roe Deer are a common sight and Common Toad, breed in the marsh pools, a Glasgow Biodiversity Action Plan Species.
In July 2016 the Seven Lochs Partnership was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £4.5million to develop the Seven Lochs Wetland Park as Scotland's largest urban nature park, and a 5-year programme of park development started in November 2016. Hogganfield Park will be developed as one of the main visitor 'gateways' to the Seven Lochs Wetland Park - to provide welcome and orientation information, and host a range of nature and heritage activities for people of all ages.