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outstanding nature in dumfries & galloway

Love Nature?

If it is nature that stirs a passion in you then a visit to Dumfries and Galloway is a must!!

A region rich in wildlife and biodiversity. With its long, varied coastline, extensive upland areas and numerous lochs, rivers, wetlands and woodlands, it really is home to an array of different species that will simply take your breath away!

South West Scotland boasts several nature reserves, you can see the thousands of migratory geese over the winter months, and watch the hundreds of different species of birds on our doorstep during the summer months.

We have numerous places that you can get up close and personal to farm animals, and you can even meet the elusive deer at the deer parks.
You may also stumble across roe deer grazing in the fields, and a fox scurrying around in the evening sunshine.
The coastline in Dumfries and Galloway has an amazing array of natural rock pools and watch the wader birds hunting for their dinner in the mud!!

What will you discover on your visit??

Mammals of Dumfries and Galloway

One of the most majestic of all mammals The Red Deer, is resident in Dumfries and Galloway For a chance to see these animals up close, a visit and tour of Bainloch Deer Park at Sandyhills is a must, to experience the animals in a totally natural environment. You can also see them at the Galloway Forest, Red Deer Park

Our Birds of Prey

The Red Kite, a graceful aerobic glider were near extinction, but following a reintroduction programme in Dumfries and Galloway they can be seen gracing our skies. A visit to the Red Kite feeding station at Bellymack Farm, Laurieston is a must, you are certainly guaranteed to see a fantastic spectacle

Visitors to Dumfries and Galloway

During the winter months the whole population of Barnacle Geese, (in excess of 28000) visit us here in South West Scotland, all the way from Svalbard. They can be seen grazing farmland and coastal marshes
throughout our region.
They can also be seen at RSPB Mersehead, and WWT Wetland Centre Caerlaverock

Other Special things to see

One of the cheekiest little creatures we are so pleased to have in Dumfries and Galloway is the elusive Red Squirrel. With population numbers declining in the UK, we try and do all we can in the area to keep
our residents happy!!
When you are walking in the many woods or forests in our region, keep a look out.
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