Dalbeattie is near the centre of South West Scotland's Solway Coast. Its unspoilt beauty has made Dumfries and Galloway a refuge for birds and a delight to tourists, - especially birdwatchers. The Caerlaverock reserve of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is world-famous as the migration halt of millions of birds. Less well-known, but of equal importance, are the National Nature Reserve near Caerlaverock, the new RSPB reserve at Mersehead and the Local Nature Reserve at Wigtown.
The other Reserves in Dumfries and Galloway are less well known, but of considerable scientific and natural importance. The quality of the seamarsh reserves is matched by that of the moorland and woodland reserves such as Bridge of Cree and Carstramon Wood. For reasons of species protection or hazards to visitors, some of these sites have to be left unlisted. Scientific researchers can contact the Scottish Natural Heritage offices in Dumfries for permission and assistance in carrying out research at these sites.
These are currently quite short, limited to species either visible at Dalbeattie Forest, at Craigadam Estate, or otherwise notified to the page writer. Images will be added to the listings as and when they become available.
Dumfries and Galloway is famous for its Barn Owls (Tyto alba), Buzzards (Buteo buteo), Roe Deer (), Red Squirrels (Sciuris vulgaris) and Otters (Lutra lutra). The logos of Dalbeattie Internet are its Downy Birch (Betula pubescens) and its Tawny Owl (Strix aluco). These were chosen because they are common in this area. However, the writer has also to admit to a love of the Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus) several of which live in the woods near his house.
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