Straloch is known for its wildflowers and proudly boasts three SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) designated for heathland flora.

These are carefully managed with the help of the local farmers' cows and sheep, according to a strict grazing regime. June and July are particularly good months to visit when the wild orchids are in flower.

Straloch is lucky enough to have four varieties of orchid: Fragrant, Small White, Common Spotted and Northern Marsh. Easily missed if you don't know what you're looking for, these small spikes are miniature but exquisite versions of their larger glasshouse cousins.

Other unusual plants are the insectivorous sundews and butterworts that have sticky tentacles on their leaves which attract and trap insects. As well as the common sundew, Straloch has a colony of the locally rare greater sundew.

Free guided walks are available during the flowering season - see Contact for details of how to book.


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