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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.

Reed beds making "remarkable" recovery

Half of the reed bed was destroyed in the fire in April Credit: ITV News Border

Reed beds which were destroyed in the arson attacks at Siddick Pond Nature Reserve in April appear to be recovering extremely well.

More than half of the reed beds were set alight during a spate of nuisance fires and there were fears that they would be unable to recover from such devastation.

However, chairman of the nature reserve, Bill Bacon, is impressed with the regrowth:

"It has been really remarkable how nature has bounced back.

"We still have a long way before we are back to full strength but next year we are confident all the animals and birds who fled the fire will return."

The reed beds are making a remarkable recovery after the wildfire Credit: ITV News Border

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Reeds and wildlife recovering from wildfire

The large fire at the Siddick Pond Nature Reserve, near Dunmail Park on Maryport Road, spread along reed beds and gorse.

As a result, many birds were displaced during the sensitive nesting season.

However, there is now good news for the Friends of Siddick Pond as the reed beds have grown to around a foot high.

Chairman Bill Bacon says he thinks they will be fully re-generated by next spring.

"We're very pleased. It's coming on well, especially for wildlife. We hope by next year it will grow back to what it was like before."

– Bill Bacon, Chairman, Friends of Siddick Pond

Siddick Pond is owned and managed by Allerdale District Council with a little help from the Friends group.

Workington nature reserve recovering from arson attack

The fire at Siddick Pond Nature Reserve Credit: ITV News Border

Reed beds destroyed in a nuisance fire at a Workington nature reserve have started to grow back.

Siddick Pond was badly damaged in April during a spate of arson attacks on several pieces of grassland in west Cumbria.

More than 40 firefighters spent over three hours tackling the blaze at the site of special scientific interest.