Ayr Gorge

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Ayr gorge
Ayr Gorge Woodlands

Ayr Gorge Woodlands

Ayr Gorge is an impressively steep ravine in the river valley. Early maps record woodland along the gorge, which is so inaccessible that the habitat has remained relatively undisturbed. Today this is one of the most important woodland areas for wildlife in Ayrshire. The woodlands are semi-natural - dominated by sessile oak and some birch - but partly conifer plantation. Beneath the larger broadleaved trees there is a sparse shrub layer of holly, hazel and rowan. In spring large swathes of bluebells can be found.
Many mammals are present including Otter, Fox, Bat and Roe Deer. Kingfisher, spotted fly-catcher and great-spotted woodpecker are regulars among the prolific bird life. Bats can be seen hunting by the river and in more open areas of the wood in summer. Pipistrelle and Daubentons have been identified. A diverse range of beetles (some rare) and spiders have been recorded. Click here for location map....

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