Go wild in the country

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Intrepid adventurers in Galloway are being offered the chance to learn survival skills in Queenshill woods near Barstobrick Visitor Centre.

Farmer Robin Austin has teamed up with Dumfries and Galloway Council Ranger Service to offer free forest adventures in the woods on his land in the hills above Ringford.

Robin said: “Lots of children don’t get the chance to explore woods as often as they’d like. And as a result many of them don’t know how to spot animal tracks, build shelters or forage for wild foods.

“When I heard about the free forest skills days the ranger service provides at Allanton, I wanted to bring them to this part of the region.

“Over the next four weeks we can offer children aged eight and over the chance to learn foraging, animal tracking, bushcraft and nature spotting.”

Forest adventures at Barstobrick are on Wednesday afternoons from 2-5pm.

The remainder of the programme will run as follows: Wednesday, July 25, Foraging for Wild Food. Wednesday, August 1, Animal Tracking. Wednesday, August 8, Bushcraft Tools. Wednesday, August 15, Wildlife Spotting.

To book a place, call Barstobrick Visitor Centre on 01557 820 112 or email info@barstobrick.co.uk.