Woodlands for sale
Woods for sale for conservation and enjoyment

You are here: Home > Buying a Wood > Southern Scotland and Northumberland > Catkin Wood - SOLD

Print this page

Catkin Wood - SOLD, West Lothian - Nearly 5 ¼ acres, £35,000

Catkin Wood - SOLD

Catkin Wood takes its name from the alder that were planted almost two decades ago. It is rare for red alder woodland to come on the market and the soils here will benefit from the nitrogen fixing ability of the alder. Fully grown alder trees can be expected to grow to an impressive 20 metres in Scotland and the wood is commonly used to make indoor furniture, cabinets and guitars, as well as providing bud and twig grazing for deer.

The woodland is a short distance from most of the central belt and is easily accessible for most family vehicles. Access is made over the small burn which helps define the southern boundary along with a hardened ride stop entrance. This leads to a turning area which also forms a timber stacking area should you wish to fell some trees to use in the sustainable and environmentally friendly wood burning stove. The young plantation is now at a point where it would benefit from some sympathetic thinning to encourage more diversity. The increased light levels to ground level would enable second tier pioneer species to take a hold; trees such as birch or ash, not to mention the wild flower species such as primrose or lesser celandine. The presence of nearby water is a tremendous attraction for invertebrates which in turn draws birdlife and the consequent spread of ingested seeds that will germinate where they are deposited.

For those who prefer a more leisurely approach to enjoying nature, a handy bench nestles in the woodland. From here the patient observer can spy small birds such as tits and larger birds like buzzard and in the evening hours, owls. Orange tip butterflies flutter along the wood’s southern edge, soaking up the sun’s rays and feeding on the wild flowers.

A wide grassed pathway leads up a very gentle south facing slope which provides the woodland with good drainage. The path leads into the centre of the wood, at which point it wends down again to reveal a large clearing. At the centre of this bright clearing a large pond is a haven for many interesting species including grey heron and frogs. This tranquil spot would make an ideal spot for camping and is further enhanced by the bubbling Bickerton Burn that runs along the north of Catkin Wood. The patient visitor is likely to spot foxes and roe deer drinking from its fresh waters.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.

There is a growing interest in hut, bothy and temporary shelter building, especially in Scotland; for those interested in erecting a hut or shelter, here is some interesting and very helpful guidance from Reforesting Scotland’s Thousand Hut Campaign. Your Local Planning Authority should also be consulted.

  • Price: £35,000 Freehold
  • Location: near Whitburn, Bathgate, West Lothian
  • Size: Nearly 5 ¼ acres for sale


The south and west boundaries are marked by posts which are painted blue on their tops. The east boundary at the road is marked with blue paint at the top of the fence posts whilst the north boundary is the pretty Bickerton Burn.

Catkin Wood - SOLD map Catkin Wood - SOLD map

Click a map to see a bigger version in a new window. These maps automatically appear full size when this page is printed.

Local manager

david-alty David Alty
07795 104 594

Read more about David.

How to find this woodland

This wood is no longer available. For more woods in the area, please see the regional page or contact our regional manager. To be notified as soon as new woods become available, please subscribe to our regional mailing lists, or subscribe to notifications in one of our apps for iPhone and Android.

Print these sales details


OS Landranger: OS No 65
Grid ref: NS 965 638
Nearest post code: EH47 8RX



From junction 4 of the M8 follow the signs towards Whitburn.

Turn left onto Hen's Nest Road at the Gothenburg store in the outskirts of Whitburn.

Follow Hen's Nest Road for a mile until you come across the "Woodlands for Sale" sign on a gate to your right.

Note that if using GPS you will have continued past the Bickerton Crofts postcode waypoint which is marked with a big red dot on the map.

Please park safely at the side of the road and climb over the stile to the right of the gate (the woodland owner will be issued with a key for this gate when the woodland is purchased).


The south and west boundaries are marked by posts which are painted blue on their tops. The east boundary at the road is marked with blue paint at the top of the fence posts whilst the north boundary is the pretty Bickerton Burn.

Catkin Wood - SOLD mapCatkin Wood - SOLD map

Email updates for this region

Select additional regions:

(Our email policy)

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on his or her mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

All woodlands are sold at a fixed price, and include free membership of the Small Woodland Owners Group and the Royal Forestry Society, as well as £300 towards paying for a course (or courses) to help with managing and enjoying your woodland.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

© 2019 Woodland Investment Management Ltd | Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact us |