Monday 28 August 2017

In and around Lockerbie

On our second day on our recent trip to Dumfries, we visited two nature reserves near Lockerbie. In the morning we walked round Castle Loch at Lochmaben.

This is a lovely loch

with a very attractive, mostly wooded walk round the edge.

There are several lovely wood carvings round the walk

We had lunch in Lockerbie, a town which previously we had only ever passed through on the train. Sheep graze fields very close to the town centre though the only sheep we got photos of were these cute statues in the town centre

After lunch we made our way to Eskrigg Nature Reserve, 1 1/2 miles outside Lockerbie, on the site of a former curling pond, but now an area of wet woodland 

It's a wonderful place for wildlife, this picnic area particularly was full of interest

In just this small area we saw lots of butterflies

including peacocks (left) and red admiral (right)

there were also a number of common lizards

and this female common darter dragonfly

The nearby bird-hide offered great views of this lovely red squirrel, who seems to have been in the wars a bit, with part of his left ear missing.

So if you're ever in the Lockerbie area, these are two definite places to visit!


Blogoratti said...

Such a lovely place to visit and the photos are really striking. Greetings to you.

eileeninmd said...

hello, the walk looks lovely. I like the carvings, butterflies and the cute squirrel.

Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

Janneke said...

That must have been lovely walks, the woodcarvings are gorgeous but I also like the sheepstatues very much.

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely shots of the red squirrel.
So nice to see the butterflies.
The carvings are just wonderful.
All in all a very nice place to visit, and it looks as if your weather was good.

All the best Jan

RG said...

Thanks for the guided tour!