Hermand Birchwood is an important area if birch woodland growing on the remnants of a raised bog. Blaeberry, heather and broad buckler fern grow in abundance on the woodland floor and the damp conditions favour mosses and lichens.
A flower-rich wet meadow is grazed by a flock of sheep during autumn and winter to encourage the growth of wildflowers, including greater butterfly orchid, ragged-robin and marsh marigold.
There is a circular path leading from the car park.
Take the B7008 south from West Calder. Turn right (Hartwood Road) at the crossroads approximately 0.6 miles out of West Calder. After a quarter of a mile, turn left into the car park at the north end of the reserve.
There is a circular path from the car park.
There are styles and kissing gates on this reserve. Wear boots with a good tread.
Please keep dogs on a lead when the sheep are grazing the meadow.
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