While we were in Dumfries and Galloway, we discovered Loch Ettrick, a loch we'd never seen before but which proves to be very popular in the summer!
We had a wee wander round the loch shore, but the path soon became too overgrown and we gave up. We were interested to find this abandoned hut, where at least two pairs of Swallows were nesting
We then went for a walk in part of the Ae Forest. We had hoped that it would be quite shady (the weather was still ridiculously hot) but it turned out to be quite an exposed forest road. We were delighted to find this tree, which was being used as a nest site by Great Spotted Woodpeckers
One of the young woodpeckers was hidden in the grass, you may be able to see it in the photo below
We turned back after taking this photo, to avoid disturbing the birds.
We saw more Small Skipper Butterflies
a Bog Hoverfly (Sericomyia silentis)
and a pool full of toad tadpoles - look carefully at the black specks in the photo below!