Ochtertyre Moss Wood is located within a very accessible part of rural Stirlingshire, approximately 4 miles to the west of the City of Stirling, to the south east of small hamlet of Blairdrummond and the Safari Park. The site …
Ochtertyre Moss Wood is located within a very accessible part of rural Stirlingshire, approximately 4 miles to the west of the City of Stirling, to the south east of small hamlet of Blairdrummond and the Safari Park. The site is accessed directly from the A84 which leads west from junction 10 of the M9 linking Stirling to Callander.
The property is located within close proximity to an excellent transport infrastructure with the M9/M80 motorway systems being accessible within a 10 minute drive. Both Glasgow and Edinburgh International Airports are only 40 minutes away offering regular, domestic and international flights and Edinburgh City Centre is only 40 miles to the east and can be reached within a little over an hour’s drive from the property.
The local area is well provided for by timber and forestry industry merchants and suppliers, with a local sawmill at Gargunnock Bridge approximately 5 miles to the south west of the property with further sawmills, timber suppliers and processing plants located throughout the central belt including Norbord at Cowie by Stirling.
Ochtertyre Moss Wood occupies a gentle south facing aspect rising from 15m on the south eastern border to 20m on the northern boundary adjoining the A84. The commercial tree crops have been planted periodically from 1920 through to 1980 and consist predominantly of Scots Pine with areas of Sitka Spruce, Norwegian Spruce, Birch and Native Broadleaves. The mature Scots Pine stands which are located in two principal compartments will appeal to a number of processors both locally and also further afield.
Insofar as these rights form part of the property title they are included with the sale. The topography of the ground and the addition of numerous woodland plantations and surrounding farmland locally, offers the ideal environment for an abundance of roe stalking within the woodland.
There are two large ponds to the west of the woodland as shown within compartment 2D of the sale plan. The ponds provide an excellent habitat for waders including large numbers of teal and the occasional mallard which would present some challenging wild fowling.
All fallen and standing timber is included in the sale insofar as it is owned.
There are no grant scheme contracts affecting the woodland. Information on current grant funding availability can be found on the Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Government websites as follows: www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland or www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Rural/SRDP.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND WILDLIFE
The western half of the woodland falls within the Ochtertyre Moss Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to it representing the only remnant of the former Kincardine Moss which was systematically cleared by the Moss Lairds during the agricultural improvements of the 18th and 19th centuries.
The site was once part of Ochtertyre Estate which, unlike Blairdrummond Estate, did not clear all of the peatland under their ownership. It is a remnant of the extensive lowland raised mire system which formerly covered the Carse of Stirling. This mire system was the most extensive of its type in Great Britain and has now been reduced to isolated remnants. Further details are available via Scottish Natural Heritage website: www.snh.gov.uk.
The woodland is also home to a large Heronry with approximately 41 nesting pairs at the last count within compartment 7 on the sale plan, which fish on the River Teith to the north of the woodland. Please be advised the RSPB would need to be informed prior to any felling of the woodland accordingly. In addition there is also an plethora of red squirrels which can be found within the woodland.