3 eggs for the Ospreys at Loch Doon

Osprey on nest with 3 eggs

You can see these magnificent birds opposite the Roundhouse Café at Loch Doon. There’s a viewing screen in the café so you can see all the action at close quarters plus the new viewing room is now open.

Local school children named the Ospreys Angel and Cullen. Hopefully all the young will survive and return in a few year’s time to set up their own nest in the Galloway Hills. Last year only one survived, Solo, the other two were predated by a buzzard.

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Church Walk has re-opened

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The short, but very scenic, Church Walk has re-opened after a landslip made it impassable. As you can see it’s as good as new. Today was a great day for taking snaps, cold but very sunny. The river had surface bubbles swirling around making some lovely patterns.

 

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We’re proud to support the Biosphere

Biosphere VisionVisitStraiton has become a proud supporter of Scotland’s first Biosphere. The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere covers 5268 squares kilometres and is home to 95,000 people. It was given this status in recognition of its special natural qualities. The boundary embraces diverse countryside surrounding the Galloway Hills. The rivers radiating out from the hills provide water as a common theme connecting the cultural identity and natural environment with everyone living and working in the area.

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The Biosphere has three goals:
Conservation: promoting the preservation of wildlife, habitats and landscape.
Learning: supporting a better understanding of nature and global issues.
Development: fostering a sustainable economy and society.

A Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Charter has been developed to identify the values and principles of the Biosphere. By signing up to these 6 simple principles organisations, communities and businesses can demonstrate their support as well as help to increase awareness and recognition of the Biosphere. The six principles are:

  • Help conserve the natural resources of the Biosphere
  • Support the economy to benefit people and nature
  • Promote cultural heritage and local products
  • Contribute to the health and wellbeing of the community
  • Develop knowledge, understanding and promote research
  • Raise awareness of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere