Plora Wood - Woodland Trust

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Plora Wood - Woodland Trust

Plora Wood is part of the Woodland Trust and a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). It has the largest, (over 50%) area of semi-natural woodland in the Tweed Valley area and one of the largest remaining areas of ancient oak wood in the Scottish Borders.

Plora is a sessile oak woodland with ash and wych elm. The wood has a number of native woodland plants including wood anemone, wood brome and toothwort. In addition, hairy woodrush and dog’s mercury can be found here but are rare or absent elsewhere in the region.

A nationally rare species of fungus Rimbachia arachnoidea has been recorded at Plora. Also, wood sorrel, blueberry, heather, breeding woodland birds such as goldcrest, green woodpecker and  greater spotted woodpecker.

Other birds include: woodcock, tawny owl, treecreeper, redstart, blackcap, spotted flycatcher, pied flycatcher and wood warbler.

Red squirrels are found on site and it is part of the on-going monitoring programme being conducted by SWT/Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels. In the late spring and early summer bluebells can be found flowering throughout the wood.

It is an excellent woodland for discovering spring and summer migrant birds, fungi, mosses and lichens.

http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/4897/plora-wood/

Directions

Plora Wood is just off the A72 Innerleithen. Take the B709 for Traquair and turn left just over the bridge. Plora wood is on the right hand side.

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Plora Wood
Red Squirrel
Tawny Owl, Stuart Scott Images
Wood Anemone, Stuart Scott Images