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Trees and plants at Glen Sherup

The predominant tree species planted in all three woods was silver and downy birch. Other planted broadleaves include sessile and pedunculate oak, alder, ash, willow, rowan, hazel, Scots pine and juniper.

Mixed shrubs comprise hazel, hawthorn, blackthorn, elder, guelder rose and dog rose and minor tree species such as aspen, gean, crab apple, bird cherry, elm, and holly. Vegetation is mainly grassy, with principal species being those associated with a long history of heavy grazing and burning such as Molinia and Nardus.

(Photo: WTML)

In Glen Quey, willow is starting to regenerate naturally on the banks of the reservoir from existing trees on the water's edge. Some sycamore is also regenerating from mature trees in the northeast corner, together with gorse, while areas of juncus dominate on some of the wetter soils of the mid to lower slopes.  Bracken is also present, especially on the woodland edge and associated watercourses; while heather and blaeberry are becoming more dominant on the drier slopes above the valley drove road.

The site vegetation was mapped in a full National Vegetation Classification survey as part of the Environmental Statements for the projects, prior to tree planting, with the most interesting being species associated with burns, springs and wet flushes.

In 2007 the majority of the lower, improved fields behind Muckhart (approximately 24ha), were sown with a mix of native wildflowers and grasses, before being planted through with trees. Species sown included cornflower, meadow buttercup, red campion, ox-eye daisy, birdsfoot trefoil and slender creeping red fescue.