The Wood of Cree is the perfect place to get lost for the day – in fact, it’s the largest ancient wood in southern Scotland. In spring, it comes alive with Bluebells on the ground and the sounds of Pied Flycatchers and warblers. It’s also the perfect place to see Willow Tits, as well as Barn and Tawny Owls.

It’s a wonderful home for Redstarts, Pied Flycatchers, and Wood Warblers, which all arrive from Africa in May and make the reserve their home for the summer. You can spot up to eight types of bat in the woods, including the rare and secretive Leisler's Bat.

As well as the woodland, there are areas of wood pasture, open moorland, wet floodplain woodland, fen and grassland and scrub, meaning there’s so much wildlife to discover. Each area is home to interesting and unique wildlife like including Black Grouse, Willow Tit, Whinchat, Grasshopper Warbler, and Cuckoo. In the rivers, you may even spot an otter.

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