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IPA Factsheet - Crieff Woods
Site code
CountryUnited Kingdom
Administrative regionScotland Tayside & Clackmannanshire (Mid Perthshire)
Central co-ordinates55o 20' N / 3o 52' W map
Area152
Altitude44 - 173
 

 Site Description Creiff woods IPA is noted for lichens and habitat interest. The IPA is composed of two main woodland sites: Comrie wood Comrie Woods (a composite site of 2 parts, Twenty Shilling and Pollyrigg Wood)Threatened Habitat (Criterion C)Old sessile oak woods with Ilex and Blechnum in the British Isles. Drummond Wood is Drummond Wood (1 part of a composite site)Species Richness (Criterion B)Broadleaved deciduous woodland: Boreal woodland

 Botanical Significance Creiff woods IPA is noted for lichens and habitat interest. The IPA is composed of two main woodland sites: Comrie Woods - The site is of some value for the rarity of its higher plants, with one nationally scarce plant Cephalanthera longifolia (Narrow-leaved helleborine) although not recorded for a number of years and nine locally uncommon species in the Lednock Gorge. There is a fairly rich lichen flora, especially on a few mature ash and sycamore trees. Drummond Wood - Of national importance for its lichen flora with an outstandingly high number of epiphytic species including many characteristic of old woodland and a large number of rare species. The woodland also contains several suboceanic epiphytic bryophytes and higher plant species of restricted distribution.

 General Habitat Description Crieff Woods - woodland and forest Comrie Woods; Broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland upland oak woodland.One of the most extensive deciduous woodlands in Tayside showing a variety of types including acid oakwood, valley alderwood and western elm/ash wood. These reflect an unusual range of topography. A primary woodland that was formerly managed for coppice wood production and now comprised largely of non-singled stems which give a good structural diversity. The valley alderwood contains the local sedge Carex laevigata (Smooth-stalked sedge). There is a rich lichen flora including a number of species indicative of old woodland. Drummond Wood An area of ancient oakwood which, together with adjacent alder/ash wood, is of national importance for its lichen flora with an outstandingly high number of epiphytic species including many characteristic of old woodland and a large number of rare species. The woodland also contains several suboceanic epiphytic bryophytes and higher plant species of restricted distribution. The emergent vegetation fringing the lochs is of interest, containing a number of plants of local occurrence. In addition one of the ponds (Bennybeg) is surrounded by a thin belt of fen with areas of wet broadleaved woodland.

Land use

Land use% CoverLevel
tourism/recreationUnknown
otherMajor
agriculture (animals)Minor

Threatened Species

Species NameIPA Assess.Species Assess.AbundanceData qualityCriteria

Botanical Richness

EUNIS level 2 code & nameIPA Assess.Habitat Assess.% of indicator speciesNo. SpeciesNational BiotopeData qualityCriteria
G1 Broadleaved deciduous woodland2010201000unknownB

Threatened Habitats

IPA Habitat code & nameIPA Assess.Habitat Assess.AreaData qualityCriteria
91A0 Old sessile oak woods with Ilex and Blechnum in British Isles200720070unknownCii

Protection

DesignationProtected Area NameRelationship with IPAOverlap with IPA
Special Protection AreaSouth Tayside Goose Roostsprotected area overlaps with IPA10
UnknownImportant Birds Area South Tayside Goose Roostsprotected area overlaps with IPA63
Site of Special Scientific InterestDrummond Lochsprotected area overlaps with IPA63
Ramsar Wetland SiteSouth Tayside Goose Roostsprotected area overlaps with IPA10
Site of Special Scientific InterestComrie Woodsprotected area contained by IPA89
Special Area of ConservationUpper Strathearn Oakwodsprotected area contained by IPA152
National Scenic AreaRiver Earn (Comrie and St Fillans)protected area overlaps with IPA89

Management

TypeDescriptionYear startedYear finishes
Other Management Plan
Other Management PlanWoodland Grant Scheme1993

Threats

ThreatImportance
otherhigh

 Conservation Issues Comrie Woods: Over grazing by deer and rabbits. Bracken encroachment from open areas. Drummond Wood: Over grazing by deer, bracken encroachment and high levels of public access. The lack of knowledge of the historical landuse of the site is a conservation issue and there is a resultant lack of knowledge on the most appropriate woodland management.

Contact Information

ContactContact Type
Deborah LongSite report compiler