We just returned from a lovely few days in Dumfries and Galloway. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the wonderful RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Reserve at Wood of Cree, which we have visited a couple of times in the past. This woodland is the largest ancient woodland in southern Scotland and is a haven for wildlife, as well as offering much needed shade on an overly hot day.
The reserve is wonderful for wildlife. Here are some of the highlights:
Nesting Common redstarts (these birds are not common at all these days, I've very rarely seen them and this was our best ever view!).
Female Azure Damselfly
Golden Ringed Dragonfly
Large Red Damselfly
Footballer Hoverfly, aka Sun Fly (Helophilus pendulus)
Chimney Sweeper Moth
Red Legged Shieldbug (adult)
Red Legged Shieldbug (final instar nymph)