New forest park hide open for summer wildlife events


Kirroughtree Visitor Centre’s new bird hide is now in operation and forms part of the Galloway Forest Park’s free daily summer wildlife watching programme.

Hide and Seek is designed to help people get more out of their wildlife watching time in the forest with expert advice, tips on how to best use wildlife hides and suggestions of species to look out for.

Galloway Forest Park Ranger Lucy Hadley, who will be leading some of the events said: “The new wildlife hide is getting lots of wild visitors, and we’ve recently moved the feeding stations closer to it so people can get better views of the animals and birds who visit. So it seemed the perfect time to host daily wildlife watching events.

“Recent visitors to the feeding tables at the hide have included a roe deer with her beautiful twin fawns, cheeky red squirrels, nuthatches and last week we spotted five young woodpeckers popping down for a feast.

Hide and Seek wildlife watching events take place every day during July and August at 11am at Kirroughtree Visitor Centre. The drop-in events are free of charge, are suitable for all ages and all experience levels and are fully accessible for buggies and wheelchairs.

The brand new Kirroughtree Visitor Centre opened this year. For more information about events contact 01671 402165.