Hermand Birchwood, situated 0.6 miles south-east of West Calder, is an important area of woodland growing on a relict raised bog with a ground flora dominated by blaeberry.
There is also a small flower-rich meadow which is grazed by Hebridean sheep during the winter.
You can also encounter these following species- so keep your eyes open!
Within Scotland's varied landscape lies the Scottish Wildlife Trust's wildlife reserves which have provided a secure haven for wildlife for 50 years. We have 120 reserves covering an area of more than 20,000 hectares.
Our reserves support:
The reserves offer good opportunities for watching wildlife and are vital in securing the long-term future of Scotland's wildlife.
Best time to visit April- July
This fenced grassland is grazed by sheep in the winter and dogs must be kept on a lead. Footwear with a good grip is advisable on this peatland site.
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.
Getting onto the reserve
There is a circular path from the car-park.
To the north of West Calder in West Lothian, this oil-shale bing now supports valuable wildlife habitat including woodland, scrub and flower-rich grassland
West Lothian has changed enormously over the last 330 million years. Evidence of these changes is all around you... if you just know what to look for.
An oasis of open windswept moors hidden in the lowlands, Blawhorn is a site full of secrets- discover 8000 years of history!