Dumfries and Galloway’s annual Wild Spring Festival features approximately 100 wildlife events, many free and most hosted by local wildlife guides and experts.
Set amidst beautiful unspoilt countryside the festival is perfect for families and wildlife fans alike looking to discover this most surprising and naturally inspiring part of Scotland. From frogs and fishtails to badgers and buzzards, and from red deer and reptiles to bats, moths and the charismatic red squirrel, Dumfries and Galloway is teeming with wildlife. This year the Wild Spring Festival will mark the Year of Homecoming 2014 by celebrating the species that come home to the region for spring, including ospreys, pied flycatchers and basking sharks.
Two exceptional new centres have opened in Dumfries and Galloway recently, which will make wildlife and bird watching even more rewarding. Opening early 2014, the new visitor centre at Kirroughtree is the gateway to the extensive walking and cycling paths of the Galloway Forest Park, Britain’s largest forest park and also designated the UK’s first Dark Sky Park. And the recently opened Sir Peter Scott Observatory at WWT Caerlaverock offers visitors opportunities to see the spectacular birdlife of the adjacent wetlands from its two story tower.
More details on the festival and a full, searchable listing of events can be found online.
Photo credit - © Keith Kirk http://www.dumfriesandgallowaynaturalhistory.co.uk