- NTS Dumfries and Galloway Countryside Team
- As members of the National Trust for Scotland Dumfries and Galloway Countryside Team, we manage properties across Dumfries and Galloway, including Threave Estate and Nature Reserve; Rockcliffe Property; Venniehill; The Murray's Isles and Bruce's Stone. Our task is to conserve and maintain the variety of habitats and species present, at the same time managing the sites for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.
15 November 2013
|12 Whoopers coming into the newly flooded marsh!|
06 October 2013
04 October 2013
Pink-footed geese at dusk - Threave Nature Reserve:
30 September 2013
25 September 2013
There is still lots to see at Threave Estate, the wintering wildfowl are starting to come in. Soon we will have the flocks of pink-footed, greylag and white-fronted geese.
We will also have more duck species such as pintail, teal, wigeon and gadwall. Waders will also increase such as snipe and lapwing. Soon the migration of fieldfare and redwing will be coming from Scandinavia. They will be feeding on all the hawthorn berries.
If you like your wild foods. There are plenty on the nature reserve. Fat, juicy blackberries, elderberries and a few sloe berry.
21 September 2013
|The making of one juvenile osprey for naming game.|
|Winning osprey name - Dipper!|
|Winning osprey name - Sophie!|
|Pinning the fish (with osprey names) blindfolded on to target below osprey talons.|
|Osprey quiz for kids at Threave.|
|Osprey Nest for kids to get an idea of sheer size of nest.|
|The making of one of the juvenile for osprey naming game.|
13 September 2013
11 September 2013
|Threave Estate. Plenty of enjoyable walks and come see the geese and duck over autumn and winter.|
The male osprey (Black 80) has left the Threave nesting site over the weekend. I think the bad weather may have had something to do with it!
He has done his job, both juvenile are hunting fish and looking in good condition for migration. We didn't see them at all over the weekend (due to bad weather) and then had views of both juvenile on Monday and Tuesday. It won't be long before they also head south.
Yesterday a member of the public saw one of the juvenile osprey have a tussle in mid air with a red kite. That must have been an awesome sight! One I have been lucky enough to witness a few times at Threave. My money is on the osprey winning, it’s a more powerful bird of prey!
So once the ospreys migrate, we have lots more wildlife to look forward to viewing in October. The migration south of greylag, pink footed and Greenland white-fronted geese. Whooper swan, pintail, teal, wigeon and waders such as snipe and lapwing.
So get out your winter woollies, come see these interesting birds and flocks of geese and duck. It’s a spectacle to behold!
Osprey Ranger - soon to be Duck/Geese Ranger.
07 September 2013
On Wednesday one juvenile brought in a flounder, so therefore it had been to the coast to catch it, as they are flat fish and only on the coast.
With the recent colder, wetter weather we may see the osprey go south soon and head towards West Africa. This will be the first long distance flight for the juvenile and a hazardous journey. Only 50% of juvenile osprey survive their first migration.
One of the osprey volunteers got a great view of a juvenile barn owl on Tuesday evening. She watched it for about 15 minutes from the pier in front of the castle. It was sitting on the boat just in front of her. Awesome!
Come and see the Threave osprey before they leave!!
Have a good weekend.
05 September 2013
At Threave Nature Reserve
21st September, 2pm to 4pm.
Come along with the ranger and learn about wild foods and their folklore. Also learn some bush-craft skills. This is an event for all the family.
Price: Adults £2, Children £1.
Tel: 0844 4932245 Booking essential.