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Wildlife


    Wildlife is abundant in The Galloway Forest Park due to its diverse expanse, from seashore to mountaintop. It is not unusual to see many wild animals; yet in order to spot some, you must be very patient and lucky, as well as being in the right place at the right time. Which, considering you are in the midst of 300 square miles of forest park, is really quite lucky!

    Red squirrels, black grouse, red and roe deer, otter and nightjar are some of the wildlife that are in abundance here and that you may be able to see, but probably not all on the same day!

    The Galloway Forest Park makes some of these animals easier to see, with different parks set up to significantly improve your chances of a much closer encounter.

    • The Galloway Wild Goat Park is a great place for the family to stop for a picnic and at the same time, be in the company of our ancient breed of wild goats.

    The park is very easily accessible due to its many lay-bys and picnic tables make the stop easier for all. Even though our goats are very friendly and curious, please don't feed them as they are on a strict diet!

    • Just a little further along past the Wild Goat Park is our Red Deer Range, where you can meet and greet the largest mammals on land, here in the Galloway Forest Park.

    Between the months of June and September, you can go on a guided walk with our Wildlife Rangers who will answer any of your questions on these magestic beasts. Also, if you come back in October, you will have the chance to be a part of our Stag Roaring Event, when the Stags are at their most handsome!



    Within the park, it is also possible to see many types of birds including birds of prey and insects, as well as a range of mammals. These are just some of the animals, birds and insects that it is possible you might come into contact with while in The Galloway Forest Park, some quite rare indeed! :

    • Red Squirrels
    • Red Deer
    • Otters
    • Wild Goats
    • Roe Deer
    • Fallow Deer
    • Badgers
    • Adders
    • Black Grouse
    • Nightjars
    • Woodlarks
    • Capercallies
    • Red Kites
    • Large Heath butterfly
    • Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly
    • Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly
    • Black Hairstreak butterfly

    and if you're really lucky:
    • Golden Eagles
    • White-tailed Eagles
    • Ospreys