Wetland and burn

Brock Burn

At the heart of the country park’s natural heritage, and much of its history, lies a relatively small, north flowing watercourse, the Brock Burn. The burn was dammed in the mid nineteenth century by the Gorbals Gravitation Water Company to create the Barrhead dams that still dominate the country park landscape today. North of the Barrhead dams the Brock Burn bisects Waulkmill Glen and Darnley Mill

Aurs Burn

The Aurs Burn flows eastwards from Barrhead through the country park, before joining the Brock Burn.


The Brock and Aurs burns, along with several associated ponds, create a wetland environment that is home to many species of plant and animal. Rich birdlife around the wetlands includes regular sighting of dipper, kingfisher, grey wagtail, moorhen, coot and mallard. During the summer months look out for damselflies, especially around the pond at Darnley Mill, where several species can be seen including large red, azure, common blue and blue tailed.

Rivers and streams are important local habitats. More information about what is being done to protect and enhance them can be found within both the East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde LBAP and Glasgow LBAP.

Mammals such as otter and water vole have also been recorded around the watercourses, with irregular sightings in the country park. As habitat improvements are made in the country park it is hoped that sightings will increase. The water vole is a priority species within the Glasgow LBAP, whilst the otter is a priority species within both the East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde LBAP and Glasgow LBAP.

Cleaning up the watercoures

Some of the burns within the country park suffer from litter and fly tipping. The countryside rangers hope to work with the local community to begin to clean up many of the watercources within the country park.