Crook of Baldoon

Crook of Baldoon
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  • Blog Post: Explore the wonders of Galloway

    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...
  • Blog Post: Crook today

    Been out cutting the rush in field 2 today it is a slow job doing a double pass but once done it is looking well for the next three weeks till the rush grows again. we till treat the regrowth in october if the weather allows reduce the rush. a lot of meadow pipits feeding on the fly attracted by the...
  • Blog Post: Crook update 12/9/2012

    Winter is coming the first 17 Pale Bellied Brents seen today on the southern half of the Crook and around 400 golden plover and tonight two sceens of geese went south east very high, suprisingly we still have swallows feeding as well. this has been a very strange year.
  • Blog Post: events for your diaries

    On the 28th August we have a joint event with Council Ranger Elizabeth Tindall a 'Mud walk' out on the estuary. Elizabeth has you might expect is very knowledgeable about the mud's of the LNR and has lots of interesting facts and information about the wildlife that inhabit this seemingly...
  • Blog Post: Any exciting Goose arrivals in the Bay yet?

    This was a question posed by Original Goldfinch in another discussion, but I figured it deserved it's own one! I haven't had, or heard any exciting goose or swan reports yet, apart from Billc (one of the Wigtown Bay Osprey volunteers) who saw an A ustralian Black Swan last Tuesday (13th) from...
  • Blog Post: Good Year for Starlings

    Been down on the Crook most of today with one of our volunteers removing old fencing on the new piece of land the Society acquired back in April and was please to see a male hen harrier ranging across the fields but more notable were the number of starlings with young foraging across the upper saltmarsh...
  • Blog Post: Guilded Walks at the Crook of Baldoon

    The Summer guided walk season has started at the Crook of Baldoon Reserve, come and join me at mid-day every fortnight starting on the 1st August for a walk around the reserve. Please bring appropriate clothing and binoculars if you have them. I'll look forward to seeing you then, Paul
  • Blog Post: Halloween is here, the ghosts and ghouls draw near........

    If you go down to the Crook of Baldoon this week, take a close look at the ruins of old Baldoon Castle, on the road to Baldoon Mains farm. There you might see the lonely ghost of Janet Dalrymple wandering the grounds of the ruin in the early hours, her nightdress splattered with blood. She is said to...
  • Blog Post: Bat and Moth Night

    Well Friday night and Saturday morning proved most worth while lots of Pipistrelle bats and some interesting moths the cold weather did not help the flight of moths and should imagine that the bats did not do as well as they might in this unseasonal weather. Actually saw bats in day light on the way...
  • Blog Post: A big thank you to Brian Nolan and the local RSPB Group

    T The 12th of the 12th 2012 was an auspicious day not only for the couples getting married at the other end of the county at Gretna Green. We at Wigtown had our Volunteer Christmas party for the Crook of Baldoon reserve, Wigtown Bay Visitor Centre and the other Galloway Reserves. We had a great...
  • Blog Post: Now there are 2!!!

    EP our male from previous years, that has been hanging about in the area has just turned up on the nest. HJ didn't seem upset by this, so maybe he's a she?? A raven is flying around too. All go today!!
  • Blog Post: 4:26 am on the 21st July 2012

    The Crook is a special place and most of the time it looks very ordinary but at certain times and conditions it is magical. I was closing down the moth trap on Saturday and looked up and saw this beautiful sight with the Curlew and Redshank calling and a slight mist rising the worries of the world...
  • Blog Post: Owlbert drops in

    For those of you that are not familiar with the RSPB characters in our Wildlife explorers club Owlbert is the owl. So we occasionally set up remote cameras to see what is about when we are away from the reserve and we leave them for several day at a time to allow the the human scent to disappear a...
  • Blog Post: Volunteers lend a hand

    I am slowly building up a group of keen volunteers to help me on the reserve. Recently the volunteers have been helping install a kissing gate and dismantle and reassemble a shed. There's still lots more to do, so if you are interested in joining our team, please get in touch. The volunteers not...
  • Blog Post: New link and address shortcut that can now be advertised to the world!

    Hurray, thanks to the fantastic RSPB webteam this blog is now linked to the RSPB Crook of Baldoon Reserve webpage, which means you can now use the following link to find us: http://www.rspb.org.uk/crookof​baldoon This address can now been advertised to the world, so hopefully we'll get some more...
  • Blog Post: Crook of Baldoon Open Day

    Well the weather smiled on us through a cold breeze but in the sun it was very nice we did not have hundreds of visitors for the Crook's first open day but every one seemed to enjoy the day and I know I did it was good to talk to so many interested visitors and describe some of our ideas for the...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year everyone!

    Just wanted to extend our best wishes to everyone for a happy and healthy 2013. The next guided walk at the Crook of Baldoon is on Sunday 13th January - a perfect reason to walk off some of the Christmas excess and see what's around at the busiest time of year for wildfowl on the Crook. Peak numbners...
  • Blog Post: All eyes to the sky!! Spring is here!

    It's with baited breath that I go into the Visitor Centre these days. Any day now an osprey could appear on the nest. Already there has been an osprey sighted at Annan. Could this be the Caerlaverock birds returning? We will just have to wait and see. 3 other opsreys have been seen further south...
  • Blog Post: Dawn Chorus across Dumfries and Galloway

    Be an early bird Experience the Dawn Chorus at an RSPB Scotland nature reserve Getting up at dawn on a Sunday isn’t everyone’s idea of a lazy weekend. But as part of International Dawn Chorus Day on May 5, RSPB Scotland is offering visitors in Dumfries and Galloway, the rare chance...
  • Blog Post: Who is HJ?

    Turns out blue HJ is a very young male bird. He was ringed at Caerlaverock in 2010 as a chick, so he is only 2 years old. Most ospreys don't return to the UK until they are 3 years old, but they have been known to return early to look for mates and suitable nest sites. So HJ is clearly hoping to...
  • Blog Post: News from the Reserve

    Wheatears bouncing along the path in front of me flashing their white behinds! Sedge warblers warbling, families of Linnets flying, pied wagtails wagging, aerial activities of Swallows , Shelduck out on the mud flats, common frog and rover beetles, and all of this just from spending an hour in the car...
  • Blog Post: Wigtown is Blooming!

    Wigtown in Bloom was this year's Winner of the Scottish Natural Heritage Biodiversity Award 2012 , sponsored by SNH and Beautiful Scotland (part of Keep Scotland Beautiful) It is wonderful to get recognition for the work of the community, RSPB and D&G Council Ranger service in keeping Wigtown...
  • Blog Post: Open Day at the Crook

    A big thank you to all our visitors on Sunday a pity the weather was not a bit better but at least the rain stopped in time for the guided walk. A thank you to our volunteers and stand holders for coming have good feed back and hope to welcome you all back next year. We saw our first Swallow of the...
  • Blog Post: It's all happening here!

    What a fantastic week it's been. Last Friday evening 14 of us were at the Crook at dusk, bat detectors at the ready, and were rewarded with many signals picked up from the pipistrelle bats which were darting back and forth all around us. The moth trap set gave us a time to pour over the books on...
  • Blog Post: Ruff Road

    Great news from Billc that the Council have agreed to repair the access road to the Crook of Baldoon Reserve. I figured it was such an important issue it deserved a Blog Topic of it's own, so Bill and Paul can keep us up to date with progress.