Kirkconnel Flow National Nature Reserve

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Peatlands store three times as much carbon as tropical rain forest. This fine example of a rare raised bog should enthuse the naturalists, entomologists, ornithologists and mycologists amongst you! It is probably best walked in summer, with specialist flora and fauna abounding, though when we visited in October 2010 there were many interesting and attractive fungi varieties, including at least two which were new to me.

Visiting in summer may yield sightings of green hairstreak and large heath butterflies amongst others, of common lizards and adders, of snipe and other wetland and woodland birds, whilst cranberry and cotton-grass, heathers, sundews, grasses and lots of other plants may be enjoyed in their season.

As well as the main 'butterfly' circuit, there is a short 'bird' walk indicated by a pink snipe logo which you may choose to do as well.

The route is rated 'moderate' despite being a simple circuit of barely two miles, because you will be walking along a path covered in decaying logs and smaller pieces of wood and will also be required to 'walk the plank' at one point. At whatever season you visit, do be sure to go sensibly shod.

For more details of Kirkconnell Flow, see:

www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/reserve.asp?NNRId=50

Information for Dog Owners: this walk is considered unsuitable for dogs.

Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - Countryside

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Mostly Flat, Nature Trail, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland