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 the resident Rooks. Red Kites can also be seen flying overhead at many times of the year or you may like to visit the Red Kite feeding station at Lauriston.
Roe Deer and Hares are often seen on the lawn having ventured in from the adjoining woodland. Or, why not visit the Bainloch Deer Park at Sandhills, where you can enjoy a 4x4 trip around the park with a knowledgeable guide
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.
The Roundhouse at Loch Doon, to the North with its Osprey viewing spot is also a particular favourite with visitors.