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As members of the National Trust for Scotland Dumfries and Galloway Countryside Team, we manage properties across Dumfries and Galloway, including Threave Estate and Nature Reserve; Rockcliffe Property; Venniehill; The Murray's Isles and Bruce's Stone. Our task is to conserve and maintain the variety of habitats and species present, at the same time managing the sites for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.

29 May 2012

Investigation leads to a pleasant and unpleasant surprise:

Whilst investigating reports of a cattle escape along part of the estate walk I was lucky to come across a group of recently fledged nuthatch juveniles who were busy testing their new flying and foraging techniques. I was somewhat less lucky to discover that 40 cattle had rampaged through the woodland and trampled the woodland flora and left a bit of a mess on the path. I'm sure the cattle enjoyed themselves thoroughly but the bluebells are not so grateful. Luckily the cattle were all found, but this highlights the importance of shutting gates when walking. 

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