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Sunday, 10 July 2011

Dumfries and Galloway trip

Just over a week ago I was in Dumfries and Galloway visiting my brother Tim's family and enjoying the scenery of this very under rated part of Scotland.
The village me and my dad were based at was Garliestonhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/landscapes/garlieston/, famous for building the Mulberry Harbours for the D-Day landing in WW2 and my brother house/shop is in Whithorn, famous for the location of the cult British Horror movie "The Wicker Man"http://www.whithorn.info/history/index.asp.
Wildlife highlights over the week included seeing Minke Whales and the usual seabirds (Black Guilemots,Puffins,Guilemots,Kittewakes etc...) off Mull of Galloway RSPBhttp://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/m/mullofgalloway/index.aspx.
A wild Osprey over the Silver Flowe NNRhttp://www.welcometoscotland.com/things-to-do/attractions/nature-reserves/dumfries-galloway/silver-flowe-national-nature-reserve-snh whilst looking for Azure Hawker! and british butterfly ticks in the form of Scotch Argus, Large Heath and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary at Cairnsmore of Fleet NNRhttp://www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/cairnsmore-of-fleet/ and Silver Flows.
It was also nice to see breeding Pied Flycatchers and Wood Warblers at Wood of Cree RSPBhttp://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/w/woodofcree/.
So if you have the chance to go to Dumfries and Galloway, I would go as the wildlife and culture of the place is great!
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