Auchalton Meadow

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Auchalton Meadow: A 14.4ha reserve comprises of grassland, woodland and scrub on the site of former lime workings. Relicts of this short-lived 19th century rural industry include old kilns, spoil mounds, old roads, habitations and a small quarry. Species-rich, orchid-rich grassland punctuated by thorny shrubs has developed on the limestone spoil while the quarry has filled with native ash woodland. The reserve also has an attractive strip of ancient woodland along a rocky burn as well as areas of rushy and boggy ground.

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From Maybole (on the A77):
Take the B7023 south 2 miles to Crosshill. Here take the minor road south to Glentrool. Continue past Cloyntie and the reserve lies a mile further on, at the junction with the road from Straiton. Enter through the field gate near the blue sign.


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