Your chance to get the inside story on two of our local reserves, Wood of Cree and Crook of Baldoon.
Join Paul Tarling on a guided walk about Woodland Pasture at Wood of Cree from 10 till 12; followed by a Walk on the Wild Side exploring the Crook of Baldoon from 2 till 4. Phone Paul on 01988 402130 for further information about meeting points and to book a place on either of the walks, or both!
Next Saturday will see the start of Wigtown Community Festival - a buzzing week of activities for the local community. As part of Games in the Garden on Saturday 7th, local children will have the opportunity to help local insect populations by building a bug hotel. It is hoped that the hotel will find a permanent home in the town gardens. The children will also be able to plant their own wildflower seeds to take home and spread colour and nectar-rich flowers throughout Wigtown. Wee ones can get creative on a giant colour-in tablecloth, while older children face the Busy Buzzing Bees challenge!
Apart from occasional views of an Osprey down on the Crook, our most regular bird of prey in the area is a Peregrine Falcon. Over the last few weeks we've been lucky enough to have regular views of the peregrine sitting on the bell tower gargoyles of the County buildings in Wigtown. This bird has been seen flying back to the tower with freshly caught prey from the merse and plucking it on it's perch, sending feathers fluttering into the air and blood down the wings of the gargoyles. Appropriately gory for the gothic architecture, I feel! Come along to Wigtown to see it snoozing up there after it's dinner.