Hermand Birchwood

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Hermand Birchwood consists primarily of birch woodland over peat, a relict raised bog. There are also smaller areas of open heath, beech and a fenced grassland to the north of the site. The site is designated a SSSI for its birch woodland a rare habitat in West Lothian.

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Hermand Beech Wood


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Hermand Beech Wood

Hermand Beech Wood is 6.70 acres. The under storey is limited to occasional birch, willow and rowan. Fire damage and a long history of sheep grazing are factors that have limited natural regeneration in the past.
The ground flora is generally impoverished as a consequence of grazing and the historical dominance of beech. Where beech is still dominant a typically sparse ground flora exists. The meadow grass Yorkshire fog is common, indicating the history of grazing, as is bramble and broad buckler fern with some dogrose in less shaded areas. There are also patches of blaeberry in the north west of the wood. Honeysuckle, wood sorrel and occasional bluebells, often regarded as ancient woodland indicators, are also found in the wood.


How to get here


Take the B7008 south from West Calder.Turn right at the crossroads approximately 1km out of West Calder. After 400m turn left into the car park at the north of the reserve.


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