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£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.