The Trottick Mill Ponds were built over 200 years ago to provide water for the Claverhouse Bleach Works - a finishing mill for linen production. Water from the Dighty Burn, which runs through Trottick Local Nature Reserve, was used to power a water wheel serving the linen mill. It was also used in the cleaning and drying processes of the factory.
The meadow area next to the ponds was used to dry huge sheets of material and kept short and clean for this purpose. This has meant that there are a huge variety of wild flowers present there today.
- Trottick Mill Ponds Leaflet (717KB PDF)
The wildlife to be found here may surprise you. There are a variety of birds that make the reserve and surrounding areas their home, including a resident pair of swans, a heron, dippers and lots of other familiar garden favourites.
Roe deer can be seen in the field just north of the reserve, usually early in the morning. If you prefer to be out and about at dusk then you might see the pipistrelle bats as they perform their aerial acrobatics over the pond.
In the ponds themselves you should be able to see lots of frogs, toads and even a newt or two living alongside all the other bugs and beasties such as diving beetles and snails.
People and the Ponds
The site is popular with walkers, families and school groups. Also Dundee's Green Circular Cycle Path runs through the reserve on its route around the city.
The Ranger Service hold a free family fun day each summer where people come to learn more about the ponds and its wildlife and have a great time – view the what's on listings.
The reserve has been awarded a green flag for a number of years now.
This is a nationally recognised award for maintaining a local greenspace to a high standard.
It has been independently judged to be a welcoming, safe and secure, well maintained and managed area.
If you would like to help out on the reserve to help keep it a welcoming place, learn new skills and meet like-minded people, a group of volunteers meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 1 pm at the entrance on Old Claverhouse Road.
Countryside Ranger Service, Courtyard Office
Camperdown House, Camperdown Country Park
Dundee DD2 4TF
How to Find Us
Located on the Old Claverhouse Road on the north side of Claverhouse Road, which runs from Kirkton to the Forfar Road.
Access by public transport is by bus number, 26, 36 and 208 which stop on Claverhouse Road and Barns of Claverhouse Road. Also bus number 18 and 19 stop on Old Glamis Road, just a short walk away.