Easter Inch Moss & Seafield Law
Designated in 2007 as West Lothian's first Local Nature Reserve (LNR), Easter Inch Moss and Seafield Law is a 143 hectare site situated between Blackburn and Seafield. This ecologically valuable area combines both a peat bog and a oil shale bing that has been restructured like a natural hill.
Easter Inch Moss
Easter Inch Moss is a site recovering from years of commercial peat extraction and drainage. Like many peat bogs in Scotland, it is a shadow of its original unblemished state. These precious habitats possess vital carbon storage properties that help to tackle climate change.
However, when damaged, carbon dioxide is leaked back into the atmosphere and this exacerbates the greenhouse gas effect responsible for climate change. At EIM, West Lothian Council and the management group are working hard to restore the bog thanks to funding from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
These efforts, which encompass raising water levels by constructing dams and removing birch scrub, will ensure that the wildlife value and ecosystem services provided by EIM are enhanced and preserved. Cycle Route 75 provides easy access through the whole of the LNR. This semi-natural expanse of land is ideal for a range of leisure activities such as walking, cycling and running.
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To the east of Easter Inch Moss is the Seafield Law area of the LNR.
A creative land redevelopment venture during the 1990's saw West Lothian Council transform an unattractive oil shale bing into this impressive landmark and pleasant landscaped environment.
From the summit of the Law, great views can be had over Easter Inch Moss and of the surrounding landscape.
Seafield Law is now a location which is valued for recreation. This successful project was recognized in the 1998 Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning.
- Free parking at the Seafield entrance, down a side road from the main road
- Signposts, dog waste bins and a resting bench on the Seafield Law route
- Closest public toilet in Blackburn outside the Mill Centre on Ash Grove
- Refreshments available from a variety of small shops in Blackburn and Seafield
- National Cycle Route 75 runs through site and offers a wide, flat surfaced footpath
- Access to the Seafield Law summit is via steep unsurfaced footpaths
- The peat bog terrain can be dangerous in sections due to the uneven and wet ground conditions
Easter Inch Moss and Seafield Law LNR can be accessed via the A705 road that links Whitburn, Blackburn, Seafield and Livingston (from west to east). The Seafield car park is located down side road from the main road and near the small greenspace and play park area at the centre of the village. There are several bus stops situated along the main road in Seafield. Blackburn and Seafield have no train station, Bathgate provides the closest service around two miles to the north of the site.