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Title: West Lothian Biodiversity Action Plan: Oil Shale Bings
Authors: Harvie, Barbra
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: Harvie, Barbra. (2005) West Lothian Biodiversity Action Plan: Oil Shale Bings
Publisher: Published in 2005, on behalf of West Lothian Local Biodiversity Action Plan partnership, by West Lothian Council, Linlithgow
Abstract: This report establishes the importance of the West Lothian oil-shale bings at both a national (UK) and local (West Lothian) scale, for their contribution to local biodiversity, their historical importance, their education value, their social significance and their recreational function. The bings are post-industrial spoil heaps, the result of retorting mineral oil from deep-mined carboniferous shale beds at a time when Scotland was the major oil producing nation in the world. They are a unique habitat, not found elsewhere in Britain or Western Europe. The bings are home to several nationally (UK) rare and protected plant and animal species and are a major focus of identity in the local population.
Keywords: Oil Shale bings
West Lothian
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