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WATCH: Caerlaverock at dawn

It's the culmination of an epic journey, from a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean to Dumfries and Galloway.

The entire barnacle geese population from Svalbard off the coast of Norway will winter on the Solway Firth.

After almost dying out in the 1940s, at its peak, more than 35,000 are set to arrive here this year.

Many have already made the journey.

Geese swoop on Solway Firth

The geese have returned. Credit: ITV Border

Tens of thousands of barnacle geese have begun arriving in the region for winter on the Solway Firth.

The birds have travelled from a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean. They draw in bird watchers from all over the UK.

It's definitely one of the best wildlife spectacles in the UK certainly through the winter, it's just incredible, the sight and sound of all of these geese, thousands and thousands of geese is just spectacular"

– Joe Bilous, Caerlaverock Wetland Centre


Suspicious fire at nature reserve

A fire which broke out at the Caerlaverock Nature Reserve near Dumfries is being treated as suspicious.

Police Scotland are investigating the fire, which took place at the Castle Corner car park sometime between Sunday, 13 July and Monday, 14 July.

A bench, wheelie bin and information leaflets were destroyed.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

Full Report: Whooper swans make a return

There has been an anxious wait for twitchers in the South of Scotland, as they wait for some Swans - two in particular - to hopefully arrive back in the area.

Two signets were given silver rings last year to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the first "runaway weddings" at blacksmiths in Gretna.

The pair should hopefully arrive from Iceland any day now.

Fiona McIlwraith reports.

Whooper swans return to Caerlaverok

Almost 300 Whooper swans have been returning to Caerlaverok near Dumfries in the past few days as they make their way home from Iceland for the winter.

Two swans have been of particular interest to bird watchers, as they watch out for the couple to return home.

The two swans were given special rings earlier this year to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the famous Blacksmith's Shop at Gretna.


Caerlaverock WWT Centre is 'a very special site indeed'

The WWT Caerlaverock Centre was the vision of Sir Peter Scott, the son of the famous antarctic explorer.

It was built 40 years ago, and has now secured £300,000 in funding for a full revamp.

The Peter Scott Observatory will be replaced to make it better for people to see the hundreds of hooper swans that now call the reserve home.

The centre manager explains why the centre is special:

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