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Callander is a bustling tourist town situated on the River Teith, near Stirling, and is often described as the gateway to the Highlands. It lies immediately south of the Highland Boundary Fault which is historically a meeting point between the Highland and the Lowlands. It is popular for tourists exploring the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park and Rob Roy Country.
Callander Meadows is accessed via town centre and there is a very popular walking route through the meadows. The meadows act as a flood plain during spate conditions. The variety of grasses and plants that grow at Callendar Meadows is as a result of the meadows being cultivated for hay in past times.
Callander Meadows is a 5.5ha site situated on the outskirts of Callander. The site contains a range of habitats with wet grassland and wet woodland dominant habitat types. The site has two ponds but they are both overgrown and in need of restoration. The wet woodland and grassland areas on the site provide opportunities for the creation of new ponds.
In Autumn 2020 Froglife created four new ponds at Callander Meadows of different shapes, sizes and depths to attract a variety of pond life. A dipping platform was added for local visitors and groups to pond dip in the future and learn more about the aquatic animals that will colonise the new ponds. Two older ponds at the park were also heavily cleared of dominant vegetation – making the area a fantastic spot for amphibians in the coming years.