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Glen Afton Wood

Glen Afton Wood lies south of New Cumnock in the South Western part of East Ayrshire, adjacent to the Afton Water.


Grid reference: NS 615 114  OS Sheet: 71          www.Streetmap.co.uk

Parking: Limited parking by the churchyard approximately 1mile along the minor road south from the A76 mini roundabout in
New Cumnock. Cross the Afton Water over the bridge and follow the river south.

Access: Formal surfaced access exists throughout part of the site, alongside the Afton Water, leading onto a public right
away down to Dalhanna Farm.

Within short walking distance: Other New Cumnock sites & SWT Knockshinnock Lagoons

    

Description:

Glen Afton is semi-natural and of ancient status and lies within the Southern Uplands ESA (Environmentally Sensitive Area)
designation. The woodland forms a narrow corridor between the Afton Water and moorland pastures, with ash, silver birch,
hawthorn & hazel. Ground flora includes barren strawberry, wood sorrel, wood cranesbill and primrose.

In recent times, the traditional practice of hazel coppicing has been rekindled.
Historically, Glen Afton was used to produce wood fuel and charcoal.

Bird Species: Glen Afton Wood provides a varied habitat suitable for a range of species;

Willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing (Turdus iliacus)
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)
Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)