Where the Keltney Burn and its tributaries tumble through gorges near Coshieville, mixed broadleaved woods cloak the burn sides. Ash and wych elm are abundant here, and there are some areas of sessile oak, birch and goat willow. In early summer, there can be a good show of orchids in an open meadow.
What’s special about it ?
Together with Craighall Gorge, Keltneyburn makes a top-ranking duo of ‘Tilio-Acerion’ gorge woodlands (rare in Scotland) in Perthshire. There are a large number of different plants on the woodland floor including some not found in many other parts of the UK. Mosses – especially some with a liking for base-rich rock – love the damp conditions in the gorges.
What was up?
Need for long-term management planning and monitoring
Exotic sycamore and beech shading out native trees
Many owners, so important to work towards a shared vision
Lack of public awareness of site reduced community involvement