See if you can spot one of our wildlife highlights here at Drumlanrig – the native Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris). The best time to catch a glimpse is during the summer months when the adults are busy with their young and therefore more preoccupied with being parents than being wary of the many eyes watching them.
We have a fantastic mix of tree species, both native and introduced. Our woodland is managed so that only individual trees or small areas of woodland are felled at one time, mirroring the process of nature – with sun-warmed glades opening up as mature trees die. Sadly in recent years, the woodlands have been badly damaged by storms and we have also had to remove a number of infected Larch trees.
You’ll notice how the farmland around Drumlanrig Castle is carefully managed to provide perfect wildlife habitats. There will always be hedgerows, small farm woods, field margins and ponds in the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle, long after they have disappeared throughout much of the country. Why not take some of these ideas home with you and see how you can encourage wildlife habitats in your own garden?
Our Parkland is open grassland peppered with mature trees of varying ages, and is a favourite hunting ground for the many Barn Owls found in the area. You’ll also find a wide variety of birdlife from the tiny Goldcrest through to the much larger Buzzard. In addition to our finches, tits, thrushes and warblers, see if you can spot our more memorable woodland inhabitants – the Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Pied Flycatcher and, unusual in Scotland, the Nuthatch.
Share your discoveries!
If you do spot something spectacular, please share it with us! You can let us know by emailing the team, or tag pictures and videos on our social media channels, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtags #drumlanrigcastle