Balblair Wood

An area of old plantation woodland, Balblair Wood is situated to the northwest of Littleferry and 2 miles (3 km) southwest of Golspie. This area was originally planted in the late 18th century, but the Scots Pine were replanted in 1905 following a storm which destroyed many of the earlier trees. The wood now forms part of the Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve. Although now having the uniform appearance of commercial forestry, there is evidence that this area was once covered by native Caledonian pine forest. This evidence is strengthened by the presence of three rare plant species which once grew in the ancient native forests; namely twinflower (Goodyera repens), the orchid creeping lady's-tresses (Linnaea borealis) and the largest British population of one-flowered wintergreen (Moneses uniflora).

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