Wildlife in South West Scotland
South West Scotland is a naturalist’s dream. Wildlife is everywhere. The reserve of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is world-famous as the migration halt of millions of birds while the RSPB reserve at Mersehead also near Caerlaverock, is a must for twitchers everywhere. Their broad flat planes near the Solway coast south of Dumfries offer spectacular views and their towers and hides offer a chance to get intimate with geese, swans, curlew and ducks. Aldouran Wetland Gardens in Leswalt offers a sculture trail, bird-watching and garden. The 5 RSPB sites are at Mersehead, the Mull of Galloway, the Wood of Cree, Crook of Baldoon and Ken-Dee Marshes
There are also wonderful wildlife viewing spots down by the river Dee at Threave Castle and at the Nature Reserve at Wigtown, which has a video feed at important times of the year sent directly into the town. Nature reserve are also in the Moffat area and Dalbeatie. Don’t miss the sea cliffs in spring, where colonies of shag and fulmar nest and peregrine falcons hunt, and the moors inland, where you can hear the lark ascending, and woodlands such as at Castramon, near Gatehouse of Fleet where nuthatch, woodpecker, and tree-creepers abound.
Then there is the Red Kite trail. Reintroduced in the region, the Red Kite can be seen in the Glenkens and feeding stations attract the birds from miles for viewing. Birdlife is not all that there is to see. Other wildlife abounds and deer, badgers, otters, grouse and pheasant, weasel, not forgetting the famous Galloway Beltie are abundant and readily visible to walkers and travellers, especially as the sun sets and the stars begin to shine.
Keith Kirk is an amateur Wildlife and Natural History Photographer/Writer living and working in the Stewartry area. He also does Nocturnal Wildlife Tours.
His day job is Countryside Ranger with Dumfries and Galloway Council Ranger Service but on evenings and weekends he pursues his passion for the countryside which he shares with you on this web site.
Below is a link to a very active Facebook page listing latest sightings in the area.
The Galloway Red Kite Trail, an exciting nature watching opportunity to view spectacular red kites in lovely scenery is now attracting the attention of walkers, cyclists, wildlife lovers and birdwatchers in South West Scotland and from much further afield.