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Flora and Fauna
In springtime, the woods flourish with Snowdrops, a sight which is becoming less common nowadays. The forest floor is carpeted with Snowdrops and is one of the first tell-tale signs that spring is just around the corner, even if these flowers are peeking out through a blanket covering of fresh snow and you have to brave the cold, this sight is one not to be missed!
The Oak Woods of the Cree Valley boast their, now, unusual sight of bearing Primroses while hedgerows begin to blossom with Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Elderflowers. The natural displays from the Rhododendrons and Azaleas are some of the best around as they fringe rural roadsides; yet they can also be viewed in public gardens in the surrounding area and within the Galloway Forest Park itself.
In the month of May, it is the Bluebell's turn to flourish and thrive on the forest floor, again, creating a magnificent display which should not be missed. Combined with fresh green Beech leaves, views of the forest are stunning at this time of year.
Throughout the calendar, the significant colour changes add to the beauty and the character of the Galloway Forest Park as they change from white, to blue and green, and then to yellow. Swathes of yellow gorse and broom dust the hillsides until they change again to a rich purple hue in the Autumn. The heather-clad hills and moorland compliment the autumnal colours of the Birch, Beech and Larch trees, while at the same time, absent mindedly creating a very different, yet simply stunning landscape.
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