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Wildlife Watching  Weekend (Fri & Sat 30 & 31 October)


 We are delighted that John Threlfall SWLA has agreed to host this very special weekend event this autumn. A professional wildlife artist, John has lived on the Solway estuary for the last 25 years. He was first attracted by the light filled expansive skyscapes and the seasonal influx of birds, particularly over the winter period when tens of thousands of wildfowl and waders animate the coastal reaches. After so long drawing and painting at these sites his knowledge of what they have to offer is excellent and as a guide his natural enthusiasm for the Solway, and for Dumfries and Galloway in general, is infectious.

John’s art incorporates more than just the birds however, with ample local opportunities to watch and study some of our most charismatic mammals in diverse habitats and landscapes that are always compelling.John is a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and the Artists for Nature Foundation. He is a past winner of the Swarovski Bird Artist of the Year award and is a tutor for the Field Studies Council, ArtSafari and John Busby’s Seabird Drawing Week. He has had two books published and his work appears in many other publications.

Dumfries and Galloway is a stunning region of great diversity, rich in wildlife and landscape and offering excellent wildlife watching opportunities. This area of south Scotland, bordering the Solway Firth is the site of one of Britain’s most spectacular birding sights – the winter flocks of barnacle geese which can number in their thousands.At Cavens you could be lucky enough to witness some of the darkest skies in the UK and if conditions are good we could enjoy some night walks in the grounds to experience the stars and possibly nocturnal wildlife too.

The region is rich in mammals including bats, badgers, red deer and roe deer. Red squirrels can be seen in the hotel gardens and otters may be seen on nearby coastline if you fancy a pre-breakfast excursion. We plan to spend most of the daylight hours outside at a variety of locations, selected according to the weather conditions. After dinner we will enjoy looking at photographs of some of the best landscapes and the best wildlife watching sites Dumfries and Galloway has to offer. Indeed, after an enjoyable day in the great outdoors what could be more natural than enjoying good company, fine dining and life’s little luxuries back at Cavens?

Recommended things to bring with you:

If you have them, we recommend you bring a camera, binoculars, spotting scope and sketch books.

Warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear are essential.

NB: prices below are TOTAL prices for whole weekend.

Not bookable online please phone: 01387 880 234


Estate rooms £350 per person, in total for the weekend

Country rooms £300 per person, in total for the weekend

Fully inclusive of the following;
  • Guiding fees
  • Breakfast, packed lunch and dinners
  • pre dinner drinks & wines each evening.
  • Also included both days is a hearty packed lunch to see you through the day.
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