Glenkinnon Burn is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) in the Tweed Valley close to Clovenfords. The woodland is thought to be quite ancient with evidence of woodland found on old maps dating back to the 15th century. The site is a SSSI because it supports a number of lichen species and trees including: ash, elm, oak, hazel, alder, birch, rowan and juniper. Examples of ancient woodland, particularly upland birch wood are rare in the Borders which makes Glenkinnon such an interesting site.
The range of habitats at Glenkinnon support many species including: common frog, slow worm, adder, common lizard, butterflies, dragonflies and wild flowers. Birds like redpoll, goshawk, sparrow hawk, sedge warbler, kingfisher, long tailed tit, heron, short eared owl, nightjar and buzzard can also be spotted.
On site, over 190 species of flowering plants can be found including regional rarities such as upland enchanter’s nightshade, alternate-leaved golden saxifrage and toothwort. 106 species of lichen have also been recorded.
In the car park at Glenkinnon you will find the magnificent Glenkinnon Oak. The Biodiversity Trail (Moderate - 0.9 miles / 1.4 km - Allow ½ hour) starts from the car park taking you on a circular walk through the lower portion of the wood.
The car park is next to the A707, Ashiestiel turnoff close to the roundabout for the A72, at grid reference NT 437 349.
Free parking and picnic tables on site
Part of Glenkinnon Burn SSSI is also part of the River Tweed Special Area of Conservation (SAC)