Doon Castle Broch – Revealed from the RubbleJuly 11, 2022
Wildflowers Appearing at Logan Botanic GardensAugust 17, 2022
The summer holidays are an ideal time for getting out and about on the Rhins of Galloway Coast and are a chance to discover more about the wildlife that makes its home on our stunning coastline. Solway Firth Partnership, our project partners, are inviting people to Explore and Record the Rhins over the summer months again. Resources have been produced to make looking for wildlife fun for all the family, as well as explaining how to add a sighting onto a national data base.
A series of spotter sheets are available and you can either print or download to your mobile device to use when out and about. You don’t need any previous knowledge of wildlife just a keen eye and time to take a closer look at all around you. Choose the spotter sheet for the type of seashore you are visiting and find out more about some of the amazing coastal flowers, birds, insects, lichens, and seaweeds you might see on the coast. Post photographs of the wildlife you spot on your favourite social media platform and tag them with #RhinsRecording. The best shots will be picked to feature on the website.
Flowers and butterflies
The bright blue of the male Common Blue butterfly is frequently seen on coastal grassland where the Birdsfoot-trefoil is the favoured plant for the caterpillar. Sometimes seen in colonies of several hundred adults it might be found sunning itself on the flower heads of thrift.
Much more to see
Wildlife on the Rhins is an under recorded area of Dumfries and Galloway but has a great range of species in a variety of different coastal habitats from sand dunes and shingle beaches to rocky shores and towering clifftops. Records will contribute greatly to local knowledge of our wildlife and habitats as well as helping to establish the distribution and size of populations and monitor any changes over time. If you enjoy watching and identifying wildlife you can help record the different species found on the Rhins of Galloway by reporting your own sightings (with photos if you have them) using the iRecord recording form.
Over last summer a stunning 700 new records were produced. Find out what other people have recorded so far this summer around the Rhins on the SWSEIC website.