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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:

£136k grant for Sir Peter Scott observatory upgrade

A grant of almost £140,000 has been awarded to upgrade the Sir Peter Scott observatory at Caerlaverock wildlife reserve near Dumfries.

The observatory was built in homage to the founder of the Wildlife Wetland's trust over 40 years ago.

The heated observatory looks onto a large 'whooper' pond, where people can watch up to 300 whooper swans fly in for a twice daily feeding regime in the winter months.

Trust members are currently in the process of securing another £130,000 in match funding for the revamp.

The Solway Firth is one of the most important places for wintering and migratory birds in Europe.

Over 40,000 wildfowl and 83,000 waders spend each winter along the long coastline of the Solway Firth.

HRH Princess Alexandra will open Caerlaverock tearoom

HRH Princess Alexandra will formally open the Caerlaverock tearoom later this afternoon.

Princess Alexandra is known to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the area, visiting frequently. She offered to open the tearoom after visiting the estate last Christmas.

Both the shop and tearoom are housed in a new building in Glencaple, and are owned by Lady Mary Mumford and her sister.

The tearoom is located around five mies south of Dumfries and looks over the Solway Firth.


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