We spent much of our recent trip to Dumfries on the Galloway Red Kite Trail!
Red kites used to be incredibly common throughout the UK but had become extinct in England and Scotland due to egg collecting, hunting and pesticides. In 1989 a reintroduction programme was started. The programme in the Galloway area of Scotland focussed on secret cages in the middle of the Galloway Forest. As their purpose has been served these cages are no longer secret
and there's plenty to see, including displays of the beautiful Blechnum spicant ferns
and then in a clearing we came across the cages
From the cages we continued our walk up to the viewpoint, which looks out over Loch Ken
a helpful information board notes all the important features of the surrounding landscape
The place where you are guaranteed to see red kites is at the Ballymack Hill Farm feeding station, which is where we'd been the day before.
The feeding station has a cafe and opens at lunchtime and there's time to claim your viewing space before the crowds start to gather
For Nature Notes.