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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.

20 March 2013

March WEBS Count

Each month we take part in a nationwide WEBS (Wetland Bird Survey) count. Here's what you could be seeing as you do the rounds at Threave:

530 Pink-footed goose
54 Teal
201 Wigeon
3 Pintail
1 Goosander
3 Goldeneye
10 Mallard
2 Cormorant
2 Heron
5 Curlew
18 Lapwing
47 Black-headed gull
25 Common gull
8 Oystercatcher
30+ Meadow pipit
6 Reed Bunting
1 Moorhen
Water rail (calling)
100+ Fieldfare and redwing
Long-tailed tit
Red Kite

In addition we have seen a return of the Blue-winged teal - an American vagrant that has appeared near Lamb Island over the past few years. To get to Lamb Island, follow the estate path from Kelton Mains along the railway line and the signs to Lamb Island hide. Happy birdwatching!

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