The swallows were going nuts on the lawns in front of the house yesterday – swooping and diving all around me as I took the dogs out for a walk.  They must be busy preparing for their trek back to South Africa.  That’s not to say we’ll be bereft of wildlife or birds at Corsewall.  The red squirrels are making their presence felt again at the feeders and I’m unlucky if I don’t see at least two roe deer when I’m out and about.

On the subject of bird life in Dumfries and Galloway, we spent the most magical day at Threave Castle near Castle Douglas in July.  It was another scorcher of a day and the children loved the boat trip across to the castle.  Threave is yet another great day out for families in Dumfries and Galloway.  While we were there, we were lucky enough to see the ospreys with their young in the nest – it was a enchanting sight.  Be quick if you want to see them this year as I gather they’ll be migrating shortly, but there are all sorts of other fascinating birds heading to Loch Ryan for the winter that you can see including geese in their droves, divers, grebes, terns and waders.


(Photography by Ian Fulton –