Galloway Forest Park wildlife
wild goats in Galloway Forest Park
a red deer stag
a red squirrel
two red kites
Galloway Forest Park is the largest forest park in Britain covering more than 300 square miles of spectacular forest, moorland and lochs rising towards the rugged grandeur of the granite mountains.
With such a wild setting, it is no surprise that the park is a fantastic place to spot some of Scotland's most sought-after wildlife.
A walk through the park could reward you with the sight of that iconic Scottish beast and Britain's largest land mammal, the red deer. For a special experience, take a guided walk with one of the expert wildlife rangers, who will point out wildlife of interest as you go.
In October you can witness the Roaring Stags event, part of Rutting Week, when you’ll see (and hear) the stags at their bellicose best.
As well as wild goats and otters, another prevalent mammal is the red squirrel, which is attracted to feeding stations allowing intimate views.
Get unparalleled views of rare red kites on the Galloway Kite Trail around Loch Ken. First released into Galloway in 2001, these stunning birds of prey can be viewed around the scenic trail or at Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, where over 100 birds come in to feed from 2pm each afternoon, particularly in the winter.
The best time to see the kites is late afternoon in winter, but you've got a good chance of seeing them at any time of year.
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