Hearts of oak
Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve (NNR) is a precious fragment of ancient oakwood. A lush covering of mosses, lichens and liverworts flourish here in this wonderful example of Scotland's rainforest. In spring, the woodland is rich in wildflowers. Listen to the amazing birdsong in the early mornings, look for butterflies and dragonflies or simply enjoy the paths and trails.
Find out more about visiting Ariundle Oakwood NNR.
Ariundle Oakwood NNR is renowned for its rain dampened oakwoods, which once covered the western edge of Britain. The oakwood was once cherished for fuelling the nearby iron smelter at Bonawe.
- Look out for the rare chequered skipper butterfly.
- Explore the oakwoods on our sheltered trail.
- Listen to a chorus of resident and visiting birds, including redstarts.
Find out more about the reserve and its natural history.
Reserve manager: Richard Kilpatrick
Telephone: 01397 704716
Email: [email protected]
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We work with Forestry Commission Scotland on many aspects of managing Ariundle Oakwood NNR.
Ariundle Oakwood NNR is a member of VisitScotland and the GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme).
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