The Bennan Viewpoint on the Galloway Red Kite Trail
A Peacock butterfly on wild flowers at Glencaple, Dumfries and Galloway
Pond dipping at the Cream o' Galloway
A red kite soaring high above Bellymack Hill Farm in Dumfries & Galloway
Dumfries & Galloway boasts a broad range of attractions that provide fantastic opportunities to experience the region's wildlife at first hand amidst glorious scenery.
Visitors can explore numerous RSPB reserves, National Nature Reserves, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and other nature centres across the region. Here you can discover a huge range of wildlife nestling amongst habitats as varied as peat bogs and ancient woodlands to coastal estuaries and inland wetlands.
There's also the extensive woodland trails through the Galloway Forest Park and Dalbeattie Forest where you're all but guaranteed to see red deer, wild goats, red squirrels and pine martens.
The trail is a great way to explore scenic, inner Galloway while looking for the spectacular red kite, a bird of prey reintroduced here since 2001. A 24 mile circular road trip, open all year round (plus 14 mile summer trail in Galloway Forest Park).
Cream o' Galloway is a deliciously good fun place to visit with its adventure playground, indoor visitor centre & play areas, daily events, exciting slides, rides and pedal kart track, and its miles of beautiful walks and nature trails.
Situated on the scenic north shore of the Solway coast, RSPB Mersehead Reserve is an extensive wetland and saltmarsh area and haven for breeding waders, wintering waterfowl and year-round bird and wildlife-watching.
One of RSPB's newest reserves, with a superb view accross the Cree Estuary to the Galloway Hills. The return of geese and waders in winter really brings the merse and coast to life. Breeding skylark and lapwing are common in summer.