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Wildlife

Roe deer, woodpeckers, otters, red squirrel and red kite are regularly seen throughout the estate and in the nearby nature reserve at Wigtown Bay, the largest nature reserve in Great Britain.

WilDife Sightings

Here is a list of wildlife sightings made by visitors to Kirkdale Estate.

If you have stayed and have any sightings you would like to add to our list, please do let us know! We can add your name or not (as you wish!) to your sighting.

The following list of birds (79 species) was spotted in a week in and around the area by Joe England who stayed at Kirkdale Port.

Little Bunting · Little Grebe · Great Northern Diver · Cormorant · Grey Heron · Little Egret · Whooper Swan · Mute Swan · Pink-footed Goose · Shelduck · Mallard · Pintail · Teal · Wigeon · Tufted Duck · Goldeneye · Red-breasted Merganser · Red Kite · Sparrowhawk · Buzzard · Merlin · Kestrel · Coot · Moorhen · Oystercatcher ·

Lapwing · Redshank · Curlew · Snipe · Black Headed Gull · Great Black Backed Gull · Herring Gull · Pheasant · Collared Dove · Wood pigeon · Great Spotted Woodpecker · Dunnock · Goldcrest · Robin · Blackbird · Fieldfare · Song Thrush · Long Tailed Tit · Great Tit · Blue Tit · Coal Tit · Nuthatch · Treecreeper · Wren ·

Chaffinch · Goldfinch · House Sparrow · Starling · Jay · Magpie · Jackdaw · Rook · Crow · Raven · Red Throated Diver · Fulmar · Eider · Turnstone · Pied Wagtail · Rock pipit · Brent Goose · Greylag Goose · Twite · Slavonian Grebe · Great Crested Grebe · Rock Dove · Common Gull · Redwing · Dipper

Forest Walks and Coastal Paths

Stroll among the snowdrops and bluebells, along coastal paths and miles of shoreline and sandy beaches.

Belted Galloway

Adapted to living on moorlands and upland pastures, the region has a proud and unique breed of cattle, lovingly referred to as a ‘Beltie’.

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