Bird watching and wildlife

The grounds of Hazlefield House are home to many species of birds, with Robins, Blackbirds, Thrushes, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Chaffinches, Collared Doves, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Pheasants, Jackdaws and a Hen Harrier all being regular visitors to the feeders. Hazlefield House boasts its own resident Barn Owls who have made their home in one of the old stables in the Steading.

We also have a resident population of Red Squirrels while Roe Deer are often seen on the lawn having ventured in from the adjoining woodland.

Further afield, following the Solway Coastal Drive is the RSPB nature reserve of  Mersehead; an extensive wetland and saltmarsh area, a haven for breeding waders, wintering waterfowl and year-round bird and wildlife-watching. Spring is particularly magical, when the wet meadows fill with lapwings and skylarks. Loch Doon, to the North with its Osprey viewing spot is also a particular favourite with visitors.

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