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.
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.
For a woodland walk, it's great place to visit. In spring & summer, the wood fills with a carpet of bluebells, other flowers and birdsong while red squirrels are busy in the trees. Visit the otter platform, where you may luckily see one in the river.