Hermand Birchwood

Hermand Birchwood is an important area of 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.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Breeding birds
  • Flower-rich wet meadow
  • Attractive woodland
  • Mosses and lichen

Best time to visit?

  • Apr to Jul for wildflowers

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • grasslands
  • wildflowers
  • peatlands

Other information

A flower-rich wet meadow is grazed by a flock of sheep during autumn and winter to encourage the growth of wildflowers, ragged-robin and marsh marigold.

There is a circular path leading from the car park.


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How to get there


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.

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Getting onto the reserve

There is a circular path from the car park.

Access restrictions

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.

Nearest town
West Calder (0 mi / 0 km)
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About Hermand Birchwood

Out & about

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