DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY November is migration time at this Solway Firth nature reserve, and the BBC’s is in residence, say Donald Greig and Darren Flint
n July this year, the local
press in Dumfries and
Galloway was abuzz with
the news that Autumnwatch
was coming to Caerlaverock.
We shared in the excitement for, in our opinion, it is one of the highlights of this corner of southwest Scotland and a great place for a walk. Covering almost 20,000 acres, the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve (run by Scottish Natural Heritage – SNH) is a vast flat expanse of sand, sea, mud and merse (salt marsh) stretching almost 10 miles along the Solway coast south of Dumfries. Around 85% of the area is made up of tidal flats and mudbanks that disappear at high tide.
This place is a haven for wildlife of all sorts, from birds to the rare natterjack toad and the even more obscure tadpole shrimp, a freshwater crustacean that has existed for more than 200 million years and that, until its discovery at Caerlaverock in 1994, was thought to exist in only one location in the UK.