A living history
Scotland’s oldest and richest forest lies hidden in dramatic gorges throughout the Clyde Valley. Since the last Ice Age, rivers have gouged deep clefts in the soft sandstone. Ancient woods of oak, ash, rowan and hazel now grow here. Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve (NNR) is made up of six of the best of these woodlands.
These outstanding tracts of ancient, semi-natural deciduous woods would once have covered much of lowland central Scotland. The woodlands have survived for hundreds of years relatively undisturbed, because the steep gorges would not allow timber harvesting.
The reserve is home to a rich diversity of birds, mammals and invertebrates. In spring the woodland is carpeted in wildflowers and in the autumn the rich colours are spectacular.
Find out more about visiting Clyde Valley Woodlands NNR.
- Come in spring to enjoy a glorious carpet of woodland flowers.
- Explore ancient woods on our way-marked trails.
- Look out for woodpeckers and tawny owls. Find out more about the reserve and its natural history.
Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.
Reserve manager: Martin Twiss
Scottish Natural Heritage
3 Wellhall Road
Telephone: 01698 421668
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