Corehead Farm, Moffat

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Corehead Farm, Moffat

Corehead Farm is an upland hill farm. It occupies 640 ha across 5 valleys forming the headwaters of Annan Water. On the western edge is the Devil’s Beef Tub, while on the eastern edge is the shoulder of Hart Fell.
Blackface sheep graze the western hills and are currently excluded from the east of the farm. This is to allow the recently planted new native woodland to establish and heathland plants such as heather and blaeberry to regenerate. Montane scrub is being planted on the higher ground and the nationally rare black grouse are now seen regularly on the farm.

The low-lying inbye grass fields are not improved with fertiliser and become flower rich hay meadows later in the season. A crop of wild bird cover is sown annually and left unharvested to provide valuable winter cover and feed for birds. In the wet areas unsuitable for grazing, several ponds and wildlife scrapes have been created, providing wetland habitats for a range of insects, birds and amphibians.

  • Notable mammal species: Badger, Fox, Brown hare,
  • Notable bird species: Raven, Black grouse, Buzzard and Peregrine
  • Notable plants: globe flower, yellow rattle, alpine meadow rue, mountain sorrel

Best In: Southern Upland hill walking visits at all times of the year.

Location

4.8 miles North of Moffat Town Centre.
Post Code: DG10 9LT.
Grid Reference: NY 072 124.
GPS Co-ordinates (WGS-84): 55°23′49.8883″N, 003°27′52.6742″W.

How to get there

By car: follow the A701 from Moffat towards Peebles. Keep straight on to A701 / Holm Street Park, Turn right on to Beechgrove (0.3mi), Road name changes to Old Edinburgh Road (0.2mi), Carry on straight along this road past Granton House and Newton Farm. At Ericstane Farm turn right before the stone bridge to the farmhouse and then turn left over the bridge, go through the farm yard and follow the track up to Corehead Farm, arrive and park at the Black Barn (0.9mi).

By bus service: X74 Dumfries - Moffat - Glasgow, or X74a Moffat - Beattock - Dumfries, disembark at Moffat, High Street (Town Hall).

By cycle / on foot:  Corehead Farm has two main entrances: the Hartfell Walk from the Devil’s Beef Tub; the Annandale Way and Straight Step loop (an Alternative route to the Strait Step is also available).

Facilities

  • Strimmed paths/tracks offer views of most habitats and with interpretation boards at the main entrances.
  • Pond with dipping platform.
  • A compost toilet is available.
  • Car parking for 3-4 vehicles (on the hard standing opposite the barn).
  • School group visits and guided walks can be arranged.

Contact

Borders Forest Trust
Site Manager: Phil Roe
Mobile (daytime): 07713 566295
Head Office: 01835 830750
Email: philip@bordersforesttrust.org
Website: www.bordersforesttrust.org

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Site Map

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Badgers At Night - photo by Andy Riches
Black Grouse