Autumn festival for homecoming

Wildlife experts in Dumfries and Galloway are looking forward to one of Scotland’s most spectacular homecomings, welcoming tens of thousands of geese, swans, ducks and wading birds to their winter home on the Solway this October.

Many thousands of geese – mainly, Barnacle, Pinkfooted, Greylag and White-fronted as well as Wildfowl and Waders, including Wigeon, Pintail, Golden Plover and Dunlin choose to fly to the Solway – one of the top estuaries in the UK for numbers – each autumn and make it their winter home.

And to celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014, the region’s Wild Autumn Festival (taking place from 11 October to 2 November) is offering three weeks of events, many free and hosted by countryside experts, for families and wildlife fans with opportunities to see the region’s wildlife and enjoy the stunning landscape.

 Peter Norman, Biodiversity Officer at Dumfries & Galloway Council said: ““The great thing about Dumfries and Galloway’s wildlife is that there’s something to see all the year round. Just as our summer residents are departing, thousands of geese, ducks and wading birds arrive at their winter home; their massed flights provide a spectacular sight.

“But our resident species are also worth seeking out, from weird and wonderful fungi in autumnal woods to roaring red deer stags in the Galloway Hills. ”  

Festival events take place across the region and the designated Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere. For further information about the festival visit