Bonnyfield, Bonnybridge

Coronation Meadow

Situated on the former Bonnyfield sand and gravel quarry, this meadow offers a natural habitat to a wide range of wildlife. Although not packed with rare flowers, it’s their diversity and abundance that makes this site special. As well as common spotted-orchid, look out for field scabious, common bird’s-foot-trefoil, yellow rattle, common knapweed, kidney vetch and red clover. The beautiful six-spot burnet moth can be found here, out flying during the day (see 'Species to spot' below), along with small heath butterfly, wolf spider and dock leaf beetle. If you’re lucky, roe deer might also put in an appearance.

A bus service to and from Bonnyfield is available from Falkirk and surrounding areas.

Species to spot



  • Six-spot burnet moth

    Best time to see: June - Aug

    Unlike many moths, the burnet moth flies during the day. Its caterpillars feed on Bird's-foot Trefoil whilst the adults feed on the nectar of knapweed, thistles and other grassland flowers. Image © Bob Coyle

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  • Common spotted-orchid

    Best time to see: June - July

    Our most common orchid enlivens many places, particularly chalk and limestone downs. Its flowers can vary from deep to light pink and the leaves are marked with spots. 

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  • Kidney vetch

    Best time to see: May - Sept.

    Also known as 'Lady's fingers' this lemon-hued wild flower is the sole food supply of the caterpillar of Britain's smallest butterfly: the small blue. Image © Plantlife/Cath Shelswell

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  • Common knapweed

    Best time to see: June - Sept

    A thistle-like plant also known as 'black knapweed', although its flowers are actually bright pink. It is a popular source of nectar for the Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Painted Lady and many other butterflies.

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  • Roe deer

    Best time to see: All year

    Our most common native deer. Males have relatively short antlers, typically with six points. Image © Bob Coyle. 

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