The remote Glencripesdale, a former National Nature Reserve in the Ardnamurchan, on the shores of Loch Sunart, combines woodland, shoreline, heaths and moorland. It is an international renowned site for its bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts), being one of the top three woodland sites in the UK.
The species composition of the woods reflects changes in the soil and bedrock, with a distinct transition between the east and west. The east side is characterised by downy birch and oak growing on acidic soils, with alders and willows in the wetter areas. In contrast, ash and elm are more common in the base rich soils in the west, with an understorey of dog’s mercury (Mercurialis perennis), woodruff (Galium odoratum), sanicle (Sanicula europea) and Enchanters’s nightshade (Circaea lutetiana)
Glencrispesdale is also a ‘hot spot’ for otters. Look out for white-tailed eagles along the shoreline.