Cessnock Wood lies approximately 1km southeast of Galston, to the north of the minor road between Sornhill and Greenholm.
Limited parking by access gate at south entrance (1 car), parking for 3-4 cars
at north entrance between Cessnock Wood
and Burnhouse Brae. Alternatively, parking in Galston and walk through Burnhouse Brae along the Burn Anne.
Formal access throughout the site with surfaced paths. Kissing gates at both
entrances with a flight
of steps at the north entrance.
Within short walking distance: Burnhouse Brae Wood
Cessnock Wood is classified as ancient woodland of semi-natural
origin, which means that it has proven continuity of
woodland for at least 230 years.
As it is considered
a site of ancient woodland, there are several indicator species of such woodland,
such as bluebell, wood anemone,
wood sorrel and common dog violet. While Cessnock Wood is of high biodiversity and conservation value, it is also high in aesthetic value,
particularly in spring and summer.
Bird Species: Cessnock Wood provides excellent habitat for a range of resident and migrant species. Recorded species include;
Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris)
Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopus major)
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)
The Burn Anne
adds an additional interesting habitat to the wood and provides suitable habitat
for grey wagtail, dipper and
possibly kingfisher, further increasing its biodiversity value.