Thursday, July 02, 2015

Carlingwark Loch Circular Walk-20th June 2015


We parked by the campsite by the loch in Castle Douglas
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We have stopped here a few times before but never visited the hide or attempted the circular walk
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You soon leave the people behind and it doesnt feel like you are on the outskirts of a town, albeit a small one.
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4-galls
Galls

6-Hide-panorama
Panoramas from the hide, click to view larger

 Lots of ducks and swans seen from the hide

7-Clover
Zig-zag clover I think
8-Silver-Ground-carpet
Silver-ground carpet
9-gall
Another gall?
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Boardwalk, alive with the sound of Sedge Warblers
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Caterpillar-Small Tortoiseshell?
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Burn, lots of caddisfly larva seen in the water
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Bridge
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Ragged Robin
16-Yellow-iris
Yellow Iris
17-sheep
Sheep
17-willow
Wilow
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Well kept footpath
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Brown Hare
At the end of the path you turn right along the quiet lane.
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Douglas Mausoleum at the back of Threave Estate
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After passing the mausoleum the lane continues for a while before coming out on the main road into Castle Douglas
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The views over the loch are good but this is the worst part of the walk as it is along the main road, however there is a pavement, so it is just the traffic noise you have to contend with.
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Back in the park there are a lot of Black-headed Gull about
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Mute Swan
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Would recommend this circular walk on well kept paths

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Carsethorn Walk, Dumfries & Galloway-13th June 2015

 

A cloudy day, we parked in the car park at Carsethorn and set off for a walk along the shore

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Carsethorn beach looking towards Criffel

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Carse Pow

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3-7-spot-ladybirds

7-spot Ladybirds

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3-Tower

Lookout tower

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4-Painted-Lady

Painted Lady

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Mud

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6-Sea-Spurrey

Sea Spurrey

7-Diamond-back-moth

Diamond-back moth

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Mud

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Lookout post!

9-Small-Copper

Small Copper

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Tides out

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Criffel

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Coral fossils

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Deserted beach