LENZIE MOSS, one of Scotland's most picturesque plant and wildlife habitats, has been awarded Local Nature Reserve (LNR) status by Scottish Natural Heritage.
The 40 hectare lowland raised bog, supports a variety of unusual species of plant and animal life.
The LNR designation follows years of dedicated work by the Friends of Lenzie Moss and East Dunbartonshire Council.
Councillor Amanda Stewart, convener of the council's connect services committee, said: "A key element of the designation is that we are able to show community involvement in the site and we had no problem demonstrating that.
"The long established Friends of Lenzie Moss are a very proactive and enthusiastic local group who work hard to ensure that the Moss continues to thrive as a valuable community resource."
Lenzie Moss is thousands of years old and is regarded by many as an area of international significance for plant and wildlife enthusiasts.
Local Nature Reserve status will help safeguard the site for future generations and give the area statutory protection from any actions which could be detrimental to its survival.