Tank Woods | Woodlands | G83 8RB
How to identify a Woodland? A woodland is a habitat where trees are the dominant plant form. The individual tree canopies usually overlap and interconnect, often forming a continuous canopy which shades the ground to varying degrees. However, woodlands are not just trees, depending on how much light reaches the ground through the tree canopy, there will be a vast variety of other plants. These plants include mosses, ferns, and lichens as well as small flowering herbs, grasses and shrubs. The different types of plants will encourage different types of animals ranging from herbivores to carnivores. The rotting wood and decaying leaf litter offer an alternative food source for a large variety of invertebrates and the quantity of dead organic material provide the ideal habitat for fungi and bacteria to flourish. Tank Woods is only one of the many woodlands that can be found in West Dunbartonshire.
A 6ha woodland, small in extent but ecologically viable, tucked in the steep valley of a small burn.
Long narrow wood in burn valley, with a mature broadleaved woodland.
Contain good examples of Upland Oakwood and some old standard and coppice oaks and naturalised beech.
Provides good connectivity between moorland, enclosed agriculture, and the built environment.
These woods at the top (west side on the lower slopes of the western hill) of the Christie Park, got their name about 1860 because of the construction of a large tank.