Nethan Gorge

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Lower Nethan Gorge
Part of the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Lower Nethan Gorge
Map showing the location of Lower Nethan Gorge
Lower Nethan Gorge shown within South Lanarkshire
Location South Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Nearest city Lanark
Coordinates 55°41′48.9763″N 3°52′55.9483″W / 55.696937861°N 3.882207861°W / 55.696937861; -3.882207861Coordinates: 55°41′48.9763″N 3°52′55.9483″W / 55.696937861°N 3.882207861°W / 55.696937861; -3.882207861
Governing body Scottish Wildlife Trust
http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserve/lower-nethan-gorge/
Upper Nethan Gorge
Part of the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership
and Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Upper Nethan Gorge
Map showing the location of Upper Nethan Gorge
Upper Nethan Gorge shown within South Lanarkshire
Location South Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Nearest city Lesmahagow
Coordinates 55°41′2.648″N 3°54′27.4095″W / 55.68406889°N 3.907613750°W / 55.68406889; -3.907613750
Governing body Scottish Wildlife Trust
http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserve/upper-nethan-gorge/

Nethan Gorge is a natural gorge carved by the River Nethan, located in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Geography[edit]

It is split into two officially designated and actively protected Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Lower Nethan Gorge and Upper Nethan Gorge.

Both sites are referred to as nature reserves by the owner, the Scottish Wildlife Trust. They are also both contributing reserves to the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve.

Lower Nethan Gorge[edit]

The Lower Nethan Gorge reserve, located near Lanark, is one of the best examples of semi-natural woodland still surviving in the Clyde Valley. [1] Ash and elm woodlands grow on its steep slopes. [1]

The gorge is home to many species of flora and fauna, including green woodpeckers, otters. and badgers.[1]

Lower Nethan Gorge was declared a part of the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve in 2007. [2]

Upper Nethan Gorge[edit]

The Upper Nethan Gorge reserve, located near Blackwood and Lesmahagow, is part of the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership and the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve. [3]

The reserve's woodlands support a large range of species, including locally uncommon plants such as broad-leaved helleborine (Epipactis helleborine), wood melick (Melica uniflora), and meadow saxifrage (Saxifraga granulata). [3]

Great spotted woodpeckers and buzzards can also be seen. [3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Lower Nethan Gorge reserve". Scottish Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Story of the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve" (PDF). Scotland's National Nature Reserves. Scottish Natural Heritage. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Upper Nethan Gorge reserve". Scottish Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 

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