Wildlife in Dumfries & Galloway

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Watch this video and see some of Scotland's remarkable wildlife, from timourous red squirrels to playful dolphins.
Great Scottish wildlife

See some of Scotland's remarkable wildlife, from timourous red squirrels to playful dolphins.

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With its wide range of landscapes and habitats, from rolling hills, vast forests and sandy shores, Dumfries & Galloway is a wildlife-lover's paradise.

The region boasts a varied selection of RSPB reserves, National Nature Reserves, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and of course the Galloway Forest Park which all provide fantastic opportunities to spot a huge range of species.

From birds of prey to butterflies and from red squirrels to red deer, come and discover the amazing wildlife in Dumfries & Galloway

  • Looking out over a flock of birds at the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve
    A flock of birds at the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve
  • Two walkers look out from the Bennan Viewpoint on the Galloway Red Kite Trail
    The Bennan Viewpoint on the Galloway Red Kite Trail
Looking over to a swan in flight at Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve

Finding wildlife

Explore the rich array of wildlife waiting to be discovered in Dumfries & Galloway.

An osprey in flight.

Birdwatching trips

Spot an impressive range of bird species in the natural surroundings of Dumfries & Galloway.

A group of children inspect the creatures they caught from the pond at Cream o' Galloway

Wildlife attractions

Discover an array of wildlife attractions in Dumfries & Galloway from beautiful parks and gardens to fun family activities.

A close up of a red kite soaring high about Bellymack Hill Farm in Dumfries & Galloway

Hides and reserves

Discover the natural beauty of Dumfries & Galloway by paying a visit to the region’s many hides, reserves and visitor centres.

A red deer roars as part of the annual autumn rut on the Isle of Rum

Red deer ruts

Watch some of our largest deer lock antlers in fiercesome head-to-head battles as part of the UK's most amazing wildlife spectacle.