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Duchess Wood: Your Local Nature Reserve

What is a Local Nature Reserve?
Duchess Wood: Your LNR
  • A local nature reserve is a protected area of land that is of special natural interest and/or educational value.
  • Duchess Wood is the only local nature reserve in Argyll and Bute and 1 of 49 in Scotland.  
  • Like all local nature reserves, Duchess Wood was set aside for the purpose of nature conservation and for quiet recreation and education.
What does Duchess Wood have to offer?
Rich in biodiversity
  • Duchess Wood is an attractive wood set on a south-facing hillside
  • The wood offers a diverse aspects of nature throughout the seasons and contains large, mature trees, an abundance of wildlife and rushing streams in deep gullies - see natural history for more information
  • It is a year round place of beauty that provides refuge from the fast-paced modern life and promotes well-being 
Who owns Duchess Wood?
Luss Estates
  • Duchess Wood is owned by Luss Estates and is leased to Argyll and Bute Council.  The lease is under re-negotiation at the moment.
  • Argyll and Bute Council are responsible for the management of Duchess Wood - see management for more information 
Where is Duchess Wood located? 

Duchess Wood in Helensburgh
  • Duchess Wood is located in Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute                                                                                                                    
  • OS Explorer Map 347, Grid reference NS 2883                                                                                                                              
  • This google map shows the location of Duchess Wood in Helensburgh
  • Access points to Duchess Wood include:
    • At the northern end of Kathleen Park, where parking is available
    • At the junction of West Montrose Street and Rhu Road Higher
    • At the western end of Millig Street beyond Strathclyde Court
    • At the north western end of Paterson Drive
Education and Recreation in Duchess Wood
Education       Recreation
Education: Duchess Wood is used by local schools for academic studies and for sport.  A schools teaching pack has also been developed for use by primary school teachers.
Recreation: Residents of Helensburgh and local villages as well as visitors to the area use Duchess Wood for walking, dog walking, running, mountain biking, horse riding and nature watching.
Friends of Duchess Wood
(Charity Number SC039527)
Last updated: 09 March 2015