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    South Woodhill  
Cessnock Wood

Cessnock Wood lies approximately 1km southeast of Galston, to the north of the minor road between Sornhill and Greenholm.

Grid reference: NS513356

Parking: 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.

Access: 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

Description: 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;

Willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)
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.