Sunday March 17th 2013

Caerlaverock WWT, Dumfries & Galloway.

Caerlaverock WWT, Dumfries & Galloway.

An old one today! This was taken back in 2004 I think. It was taken at Caerlaverock Wildflower and Wetlands Trust on the Solway coast outside Dumfries. The three swans were coming in to land on a small man made lake – it was feeding time.

WWT Caerlaverock is a wetland nature reserve in south-west Scotland, one of nine reserves in Britain operated by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust founded by Sir Peter Scott.
It covers a 587 hectare site at Eastpark Farm, on the north shore of the Solway Firth to the south of Dumfries. It is a wild nature reserve with a network of screened approaches and several observation towers. There is a visitor centre and farmhouse accommodation.
Caerlaverock is home to one of only two UK populations of the “living fossil” Triops cancriformis, the Horseshoe Shrimp.
Almost the entire Svalbard population of Barnacle Goose overwinters in the Solway Firth area, with many of the birds often at Caerlaverock for part or all of the winter; their protection by the reserve has enabled the population to recover from just 500 birds in the 1940s, to over 25,000 now.

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