Whooper swan

Whooper swan

Originally uploaded by Mr_Chips

On the way back from Islay to England we stopped for a day or two in Dumfries. This is a beautiful part of lowland Scotland with plenty of bird watching. Like Islay it is home for thousands of geese but these geese come down from Norway to spend the winter on the Solway firth. The WWT reserve of Caerlaverock was set up by Peter Scott to preserve these valuable wetlands and it is a superb site with comfortable heated hides and also many two man hides around the marshes. There is lovely cafe operating self service when we were there. It felt very homely to make our own teas and help ourselves to cakes. A real haven for the ravenous rambler.
There are many other attractions around this area with Loch Ken nearby where there are red kites and buzzards as highlights.


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