Wildlife festival begins

THE ninth Dumfries and Galloway Wildlife Festival kicks off tomorrow (Saturday), showcasing the region’s best natural resources.

This year there are more than 80 events over two weeks with some new additions, such as an exhibition about ferns at Logan Botanic Gardens, “Pteridomania” running for the whole festival, or making a tattie bogle (also known as a scarecrow) at Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve.

Popular activities held again this year include the hatchery open days by both Galloway Fisheries Trust and the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust and a whole range of family activities for Easter.

Week one will see the popular Red Deer Range open up from Sunday to Thursday, April 1-5, from 10am.

Come face to face with Scotland largest land mammal in the company of our experienced ranger.

Discover more about the wild world of deer in Galloway and get great views of some of the red deer stags that live here in the range. Or how about a bit of a Bug Haunt? Join in on Monday, April 2, from 11am to 12.30pm from Stranraer Museum.

Are you an intrepid explorer? Dumfries and Galloway Council Ranger Service is looking for children who don’t scare easily to join then on a bug hunt in one of Stranraer’s graveyards.

This is not for you if you get scared of worms and spiders and other things that might creep and crawl around near the graves. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing.

These are just two of a huge range of activities taking place. Visit www.wildlifefestival.org.uk for more information.