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Dumfries and Galloway Wild Spring Festival details revealed

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Image caption The Wild Spring Festival will run for a month in Dumfries and Galloway next year

Details of a month-long wildlife festival to celebrate springtime in south west Scotland have been revealed.

The Wild Spring event will run from 5 April to 5 May and include more than 100 "family-friendly" activities.

Organisers said it promised to be the "biggest and best" edition of the festival in the region.

Most of the events are led by wildlife experts and take in "natural delights" such as bats, badgers, moths, sharks and red squirrels.

Programme highlights include:

  • Badger watching at Caerlaverock WWT
  • Wilderness canoe trip at Galloway Activity Centre
  • Explore a wild shore at Powillimount beach
  • Mull of Galloway guided walk
  • Wee woodland beasties at Eskrigg Reserve, Lockerbie
  • Mocha and moths at Mersehead
  • Galloway Kite Trail open day at Bellymack Farm, Laurieston
  • Red squirrel "food for thought" event at Kirroughtree Visitor Centre
  • Family forest foraging and wild cook-in at Cally Woods, Gatehouse of Fleet
  • Wildlife sea kayaking at the Mull of Galloway

Wilma Finlay, who chairs the Wild Spring Festival, said: "This year will be our biggest and best festival and we're looking forward to visitors from near and far coming along to witness some of the miraculous wildlife Dumfries and Galloway offers.

"There are so many wonderful experiences on offer for families and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

"Many of our events are free, our nature reserves and forestry visitor centres are second to none and what better way to enjoy the Easter holidays, than out in the fresh air exploring nature."

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