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Wildlife watching

Dumfries and Galloway has over 400 sites of natural interest, and has internationally important wildlife and nature-based attractions. Some highlights within easy reach of Brookford B&B include:

  • Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere,  the only one in Scotland and one of only 600 biospheres worldwide reflects a commitment to conserving our rarest and most sensitive wildlife and landscapes .
  • At the heart of the Biosphere is the Galloway Forest Park, the largest in the UK and home to a vast array of wildlife and recreational opportunities
  • The Galloway Red Kite Trail (see below)  around Loch Ken, where over 40,000 visitors have been to the Galloway Red Kite feeding station at Bellymack Farm. Download a copy of the Galloway Red Kite leaflet.
  • The Starling Roost, at Gretna, is one of the largest animal ‘events’ in the world.
  • The coastline of The Solway Firth is the 6th most important migratory site in Europe  containing a range of habitats in which birds can feed.
  • The world population of Svalbard (Norway) Barnacle geese descend on this region from the Arctic Circle each winter.
  • The whole of Scotland’s population of Natterjack Toads is found in Dumfries and Galloway.
  • One of the largest oak woodlands in the country can be visited at Wood of Cree, and adjacent reserves.
  • Some of the best Bluebell displays in the country, quite possibly in the world, are to be found in the region such as at Cree Woods, near Newton Stewart.
  • A wonderful red squirrel population,  one of the largest in Scotland thrives in this area.

For more information about Wildlife activities in Dumfries and Galloway, please visit:

VisitScotland.com - Wildlife in Dumfries and Galloway