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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.

13 September 2012

Pastures New:

Hi everyone. My name is Paul and I have been the seasonal ranger with the Dumfries & Galloway countryside team since April this year and have been responsible for creating and updating this blog. 

Having thoroughly enjoyed my time here working with such a great team, in such wonderful countryside, with such wonderful species and encountering all the very friendly visitors, I am off to pastures new. I have been lucky to have been offered a position working for the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire. 

So I just wanted to say goodbye and thank you to all who have followed the blog over the past few months and hope that you have enjoyed the few nuggets of info that I have offered up. The blog will be continuing with the help of Ranger Judy, Ranger Dave and Ranger Karl.

All the best.


  1. Hi Paul,

    So sorry you are going, have really enjoyed your blog this summer, so have all my friends in the Wildlife Village, ( the ospreys have been a great success at Threave this year, saw the chicks yesterday and they look great.

    Perhaps you will come back for another season to Dumfries and Galloway, so 'haste ye back', and the same to our osprey family.

    Best wishes with you new job.

    Jenny Cartwright - Castle Douglas

    1. Ann and Gavin - NewcastleFriday, 14 September, 2012

      We'd also like to add our thanks for the blog which we've enjoyed very much. We've been visiting D&G for holidays over the past few years and it is lovely to be able to keep up to date with developments (particularly news on the osprey family).

      Very best wishes for your new job Paul

  2. Hi Paul,

    Look on Wildlife Village post for yesterday towards evening, (13th Sept) lots of good wishes for you in your new job and responses to your blog.

    Jenny Cartwright