Ballagan Glen is a small but beautiful reserve carved by the Ballagan Burn, which cascades down a series of waterfalls, including the Spout of Ballagan. It is most notable for its spectacular geological exposures and is designated a SSSI for these features.
Ash and Wych Elm occupy the lower glen floor, with a ground layer of Ramsons and Red Campion. In all, over 200 species of wildflowers are found here. In the damp, dark environs of the waterfall and burn there is a luxurious growth of Mosses. Ferns and liverworts flourish, and the rare Pendulous sedge, recognised by its drooping flower spikes, grows at the water's edge. Dippers, Grey Wagtails, Herons, Tits, Robins, Thrushes, Buzzards and Sparrowhawks occur within the reserve, and summer visitors include Willow Warblers and Cuckoos. Rotting trees, leaf litter and shallow streamside pools all provide vital habitats, which support a number of uncommon Beetles, Flies and Snails.
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Information supplied by Scottish Wildlife Trust.
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