The Countryside of Dumfries & Galloway
Discover the countryside of Dumfries & Galloway on your doorstep or on holiday
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A vital conservation charity protecting Scotland's coast, wilderness, wildlife and countryside for the good of all. Funded largely by donations, membership is very affordable, comes with a raft of benefits and supports their work.
Cosy cottages with breathtaking views, an old church on the coast, houseboats, a woodland lodge overlooking the sea... a fascinating array of self-catering properties for a holiday or short break to remember.
A few beautiful self-catering properties including a lodge that is a walkers paradise, and a former shepherd's cottage in the hills. Get away from the daily routine with a stay in rural Scotland and get back to nature.
COULD YOU ‘BEE’ A BEE KEEPER
My name is Luisa Gonzalez and I am dismantling a professional apiary near Dalbeattie – Dumfries & Galloway – because I believe that honey is essential for bees welfare
Ringlet Takes Scottish Crown In Big Butterfly Count Top 10
The beautiful Ringlet took advantage of the wet summer to take top spot in Scotland in this year’s Big Butterfly Count. Numbers of Ringlet were up 221% compared to
SOUTH OF SCOTLAND WILDLIFE FESTIVALS UNITE IN QUEST FOR YEAR OF FOOD AND DRINK
South of Scotland nature festivals call on support for revival of wild foods and conservation of local food resources Two of the south of Scotland’s prestigious nature festivals are uniting
RESCUED CHICK SPREADS HER WINGS IN DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
White-tailed eagle sighted in Dumfries and Galloway revealed to be survivor of nest tumbleA young white-tailed eagle, which hit the headlines last year when her dramatic nest eviction was caught
Harriers, owls and dolphins!
Autumn has really struck the Mull of Galloway this past week. Strong chilly winds and frequent showers interspersed with warm sunshine and gentle breezes has led to a real mix of conditions. Autumn has also been marked by the increase in migrating birds passing through or over the reserve. Early visitors to the Mull of Galloway can be treated to large numbers of swallow, house […]
One of the most iconic features of the Mull of Galloway is its foghorn, last used as a navigational aid in 1987 but who’s platform provides a fantastic spot to stand and take in the spectacular views out towards Isle of Man, Ireland and on clear days, the Cumbrian coast whilst listening to the sounds of the sea and the birds calling from all around during the hectic […]
First to go
The cliffs at Mull of Galloway have become somewhat quieter over the past couple of weeks with the razorbill and guillemot departing to spend the next 7 months at sea before returning next spring. There is still plenty of noise to be heard though from the kittiwake rearing their young which are now on average around 4 weeks old with some chicks beginning to […]
Residential Volunteering at Mull of Galloway
Having just completed two amazing weeks volunteering at the RSPB Mull of Galloway reserve, I am suffering from withdrawal symptoms from the diversity of wildlife, wonderful land- and sky-scapes and sea air! It is a very special place - small but perfectly formed, made even better by the fine weather while we were there. I volunteered with a friend, and the wardens, Rob and […]
In the gannet guano
Earlier this month I visited the Scar Rocks with 3 other members of the North Solway Ringing Group. We try to visit this 1 hectare outcrop of the Mull of Galloway reserve every year to ring young gannets, but don’t always manage it due to weather and sea conditions. The Scars are about 15 miles from the small harbour at the Isle of Whithorn, which is where we usually […]
Who you calling a weed??
The nature reserve at Mull of Galloway is currently home to an abundance of thistles including marsh thistle, creeping thistle and spear thistle. Often thought of as weeds and the scourge of farmers and gardeners these plants, as well as being attractive and of course, the national flower of Scotland, play an important role in supporting much of our wildlife. […]
Creating a buzz!
The weather at Mull of Galloway has been glorious this past while, with gentle, cooling breezes coming of the sea, clear skies and wall to wall sunshine. This has had an impact on the insects that we have been seeing, with a big increase in the number and variety of species buzzing and fluttering around the reserve. Butterflies such as common blue, red admiral, wall brown, […]
The emotional wringer of a nature enthusiast
Having the privilege of working at such a beautiful setting as RSPB Mull of Galloway, surrounded by a diverse mix of wildlife set amongst wonderful seascapes, rugged cliffs and the rolling fields of the south Rhinns of Dumfries and Galloway I often count myself very lucky indeed. Frequently I arrive at work early, before the footfall of the general public begins its […]