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Public invited to celebrate D&G nature reserve

Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve, Dumfries and Galloway Credit: Scottish Natural Heritage

A family-friendly event will be taking place on Saturday 15 July, to celebrate Caerlaverock's 60th year as a national nature reserve (NNR).

The Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve in Dumfries and Galloway, is one of 50 in Scotland, 36 of which are managed by Scottish Natural Heritage.

This special reserve was born out of the landowner’s vision to create a place where conservation, farming, fishing and wildfowling could co-exist in harmony, so that future generations could also enjoy this unique landscape. Since then we’ve worked closely with the Caerlaverock Estate, the local community and a range of partners to uphold this vision and make the NNR a success.”

– Roddy Fairley, SNH’s Southern Scotland Manager

Attendees will also be able to find out more about the work taking place at the reserve. The event will be taking place at Barbour Hall in Glencaple from 11am to 4pm. There will be food, foraging walks, wildlife painting exhibitions and fly-tying demonstrations.

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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 crimestoppers-uk.org.

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.

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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.

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