Wildlife in abundance at Orroland
When we bought Orroland over forty years ago we began creating a wildlife habitat. This process still continues for it is impossible to encourage and retain a large and varied population of birds, animals and even plants without giving them somewhere suitable to live and breed.
Keen bird watchers will find a large variety with over fifty species identified without trying very hard - sparrow hawks, oyster catchers, several members of both the tit and finch families, both green and great spotted woodpeckers to name a few.
We are particularly proud that red squirrels have at long last established themselves here at Orroland. They are a regular sight in the woodland below Abbotsway Cottage and at the squirrel feeder outside the dining room at Orroland Lodge. Top tip: leave a camera on the dining room table and creep in first thing in the morning, there's nearly always a wildlife treat in store.
Walk down through the woods to the shore, the underfloor in May is densely covered with wild garlic with its distinctive smell and white flower. From July this turns into a mass of sixteen identified varieties of fern growing in profusion.
You may well see an otter hunting food among the rocks or several times a year a school of porpoises just off shore.
On your way back up a keen observer may notice signs of badger radiating out from an enormous sett just above you on the left. Roe deer can often be seen, particularly in the early morning and we also encourage a healthy population of hares around the farm.
Other wildlife regularly spotted at Orroland includes barn and tawny owls, buzzards, stoats, weasels, rabbits, lizards, star fish and seals ...
The lochan is a breeding ground to hundreds of frogs, resulting in thousands of tadpoles which in turn become tiny frogs which when migrating almost smother the grass there are so many. Of course this attracts the wily and patient heron.
Guests comments on wildlife watching at Orroland
''Our second visit to this lovely house (Orroland Lodge). Our Children loved the pool table and darts. Really enjoyed exploring more this time - fabulous to see the ospreys and red kites and a great surprise to see the resident red squirrel so often. Hope to return again.''
''...Evenings are so peaceful, just the birds to listen to, they have kept us busy topping up the feeder at the back door!..''
''...lovely walks through the grounds down to the shore, deer grazing in the woodland opposite - look out for them first thing in the morning.'' Marshall family.
''...Highlight amongst all the wonderful wildlife was watching a porpoise feeding about 150 yards off shore, straight out from the beach hut...''
''...The children liked most the pond, full of interesting creatures - especially a carpet of hopping frogs!...''
''Variety of bird-life, wild animals and vegetation, a paradise for nature lovers. It is a quiet, peaceful area - just what people sometimes need in this frequently noisy world. Keep an eye out for rabbits visiting the garden and a hare going down the road every so often...''
Wild Seasons Dumfries and Galloway
Wild Seasons works to promote nature-based and wildlife tourism in Dumfries & Galloway. For a list of local wildlife experiences, events and information throughout the seasons, visit Wild Seasons. The Galloway Forest Park is a fantastic place to see other wildlife including red deer, wild goats and even golden eagles.
Nocturnal Wildlife Tours
If you would like to experience wildlife after dark using hand held night vision thermal imaging equipment, then book a place on a local tour with Nocturnal Wildlife Tours. Experienced and knowledgeable guides take clients on an adventure either on foot or in a special night tour vehicle. This is a new and exciting venture and the first of it's kind in Dumfries and Galloway.