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Find out about the local birds and wildlife at the RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway nature reserve which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The Mull of Galloway is the most southerly point of Scotland and as such everywhere you turn there's a stunning view. To the west is the Solway Firth and Irish Sea, with the Isle of Man in the distance, while all around you is the frenzied activity of a large cliff colony of sea birds.
In spring the cliffs are a noisy scramble of guillemot, razorbill, fulmar and kittiwake. Overhead raven and black-backed gulls soar while black guillemot and puffins bob in the sea.
Summer sees flocks of gannet, pied wagtail,meadow pipit and white-throat bustle, while autumn brings tern, skua, shearwater and common scoter swallows, house and sand martins. Linnet, goldfinch and the increasingly rare twite can also be spotted flocking together to guard against the patrolling peregrine falcons. In winter eider duck shelter and shags brave the storms on the rocks.
The nature reserve is open at all times. Please take care on the cliff edges. Visitor facilities open from Easter to end of October.
For information about events on this reserve, check http://www.rspb.org.uk/events/.