Woodhall Dean, on the edge of the Lammermuir Hills, is an ancient semi-natural woodland dominated by sessile oak. Five thousand years ago, sessile oak covered much of southern Scotland but now there are only a few woodlands where they grow in large numbers.
- Woodland flowers
- Breeding songbirds
- Ancient woodland
- If you’re lucky, adders
Best time to visit?
- May for bluebells
- Apr to Sept for basking adders
In spring, the woodland is blanketed in shades of blue and white from bluebells and ramsons, and the trees resonate with the songs of breeding birds. If you are lucky, you may see an adder basking in the sunshine.
For more information on places to visit in East Lothian (including Woodhall Dean), download the Explore East Lothian leaflet.