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  • Balloch Wood Wildlife & Plants,Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
    Landscape Geology Climate Geology Landscape Poetry Stone Circle The Poetry Project The Final Haiku The Poetry Class The Wooden Roundhouse Activity Sheets How to Get Involved Contact Maps Directions Balloch Wood Videos A wide range of wildlife plants and trees are resident in Balloch Wood Listed below are some of the major species which have been identified within Balloch Wood How many can you spot Further information is provided on

    Original URL path: http://www.creetown-walks.co.uk/wildlife-plants-creetown.asp (2016-02-10)
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  • Bird Life - Woodland walks and wildlife ponds at Balloch Wood Community Project,Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
    Wildlife Plants Bird Life Fauna Flora Pond Life River Life Trees Red Squirrels Climate Landscape Geology Climate Geology Landscape Poetry Stone Circle The Poetry Project The Final Haiku The Poetry Class The Wooden Roundhouse Activity Sheets How to Get Involved Contact Maps Directions Balloch Wood Videos Living within the woodland there are a wide range of birds including woodpeckers treecreepers great tits and coal tits and grey wagtails The skylark

    Original URL path: http://www.creetown-walks.co.uk/wildlife-bird-life.asp (2016-02-10)
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  • Woodland Fauna - walks and wildlife ponds at Balloch Wood Community Project,Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
    other animals in the wood Roe deer are present at low densities and are most likely to be spotted along the Oak Trail Otters should benefit from future riverbank management with targeted open space and broadleaf allowing ground vegetation to return to areas where previously conifers were planted up to the stream edges While Scotland s otters did not suffer the drastic declines in otter populations seen in much of

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  • Flora - Woodland walks and wildlife ponds at Balloch Wood Community Project,Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
    Life Trees Red Squirrels Climate Landscape Geology Climate Geology Landscape Poetry Stone Circle The Poetry Project The Final Haiku The Poetry Class The Wooden Roundhouse Activity Sheets How to Get Involved Contact Maps Directions Balloch Wood Videos Underplanting the native woodland with conifers has generally suppressed the native ground flora but a Scottish Wildlife Trust survey in 2000 recorded 88 species of flowering plants including bluebell primrose snowdrop yellow flag

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  • Pond Life - Woodland walks and wildlife ponds at Balloch Wood Community Project,Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
    The Final Haiku The Poetry Class The Wooden Roundhouse Activity Sheets How to Get Involved Contact Maps Directions Balloch Wood Videos The ponds support an increasing range of wildlife including a variety of dragon and damsel flies including the emperor dragonfly and azure damselfly the increasingly rare great crested newt and many wild flowers An interpretation board beside the wildlife ponds lists a range of wildlife found in the environs

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  • River Life - Woodland walks and wildlife ponds at Balloch Wood Community Project,Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
    Trees Red Squirrels Climate Landscape Geology Climate Geology Landscape Poetry Stone Circle The Poetry Project The Final Haiku The Poetry Class The Wooden Roundhouse Activity Sheets How to Get Involved Contact Maps Directions Balloch Wood Videos Since the Balloch burn is not accessible for sea trout due to the number of waterfalls along its length it consequently has a pure population of brown trout one of the few rivers in

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  • Wildlife - Trees - Woodland walks and wildlife ponds at Balloch Wood Community Project,Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
    oak birch aspen and rowan will over time replace coniferous species Two of the oldest trees in the woodland include a Rowan located at the far side of the Wildlife Ponds from the Roundhouse and an old Beech Tree tree located half way along the Pond Trail at the side of the dyke which marks the boundary of the woodland Hawthorn trees have also been noted in this area for several centuries In 1682 Symson noted I have observed many hawthorne trees growing in several places the boughs or branches and many times the bole too I have observed growing or inclining towards the south east The country people commonly account the cutting down of those trees ominous and tell many stories of accidents that have befallen such as attempted it especially those trees of the greater sort Another ancient twisted and gnarled hawthorn known locally as Ferrythorn can be found down by the estuary in Creetown Said to be as old as the town itself it marks the place where travellers to Wigtown were ferried across the estuary and became a local landmark a location to meet others and a trysting place of lovers Returning within Balloch Wood Balloch Community Woodland has planted a range of native and exotic broadleaf trees In the environs of the wildlife ponds poplar rowan hazel apple great white Japanese cherry golden willow and Spanish chestnut trees have been planted A ring of rowans has also been planted at the picnic spot by Darach Bridge at the start of the Oak Trail and a row of young lime trees lines the start of the same walk Other trees and shrubs planted by the project in recent years include Blackthorn Sessile Oak Red Oak Scots Pine Cherry Gean Yew Hawthorn Juniper Hazel Aspen and Italian

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  • Red Squirrels - Woodland walks and wildlife ponds at Balloch Wood Community Project,Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
    born blind and hairless They are born in nests called dreys in spring and summer and need to eat well so that they are fit and well for the winter months Squirrels get up at dawn to spend the daylight hours foraging for food making use of the many types of food which the forest has to offer from tree bark and fungi in winter to insects and tree sap in summer They are well known for hoarding food to prepare for the winter months when supplies are low These food reserves of tree seeds and nuts are buried in autumn and utilised throughout the winter and spring In the summer months squirrels often have a snooze around mid day inside their drey which is also a secure and safe place for overnight rest That means squirrel spotting in the middle of a hot sunny summers day is often unrewarded Unlike some other mammals squirrels don t hibernate and remain active throughout the winter One of the best times to see squirrels is during the months of January and February when their courtship chases take place and the trees are without leaves making squirrels easy to spot Yet red squirrels are an endangered species Although they are the only native species of squirrel in the UK they are not the only species resident here Grey squirrels from North America were brought here over 100 years ago and were released into parks and gardens across the country Due to their ability to feed more efficiently in broad leaved and mixed woodlands they have pushed red squirrels out of many woodlands in England Wales and central Scotland and now outnumber them by almost twenty to one This combined with disease and tree felling has led to a dramatic drop in red squirrel

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