Sunday, 9 June 2013

Wood of Cree

Last year when we visited Dumfries and Galloway, our only really good weather occured on our trip to the beautiful Wood of Cree RSPB reserve near Newton Stewart. This time, our only bad weather occured on our visit to the same wood! We had hoped to find all 70 of the woods summering pairs of pied flycatchers to be dancing in a sunlit glade during our visit, but obviously they were hiding because of the dull weather.

Wood of Cree is mostly a beautiful oak wood

with a lovely stream running through it, edged with plants such as wood sedge as shown in the photo below:

it's also interesting geologically as there are several erratic boulders in the woods, that were deposited there during the Ice Ages:





On this visit we were also able to visit the scrub area of the reserve (which last year had been cordoned off due to an infection in some of the trees). This is a lovely open area, where we saw spotted flycatchers and I think we heard cuckoos here too.

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10 comments:

crafty cat corner said...

I haven't heard a cuckoo for years. An aeon ago we backed on to a large cemetary and always heard the cuckoo.
Lovely pics
Briony
x

speedyrabbit said...

the last time I heard a cookoo was when we were in Hampshire in may with Speedy,you could hear them from the caravan all the timeas we were surounded by woods,xx Rachel

TexWisGirl said...

pretty area! really nice!

eileeninmd said...

It is a pretty spot for birding. The cuckoo makes a neat sound. The photos are beautiful.

Ms Sparrow said...

What I think of as typically Scottish scenery. Just lovely!

Rambling Woods said...

I love oak trees and am looking for a place to plant one here...Michelle

Rabbits' Guy said...

We live in a land of erratics too! Some of the largest are at the bottom of Puget Sound.

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Wonderful photos!

Madeleine Begun Kane

Optimistic Existentialist said...

That stream is absolutely beautiful. It reminds me of a stream that ran alongside my mamaw and papaw's house when I was little :)

The Weaver of Grass said...

We had a wonderful walk in the Wood of Cree Juliet and found lots of Dore beetles - apparently it is famous for these.