Festivals unite to enjoy year of food and drink

SBBN-22-01-15 Borders Wildlife Festival
SBBN-22-01-15 Borders Wildlife Festival

For the first time ever, two of Scotland’s prestigious nature festivals are uniting to showcase family-friendly events in the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway throughout April, May and June 2015.

The Scottish Borders Nature Festival has joined forces with the Dumfries and Galloway Wild Spring Festival to celebrate the diversity of flora and fauna that can be discovered throughout the area in a fascinating programme of events. To mark Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink, both festivals are also set to reveal a series of events with a special focus on the area’s outstanding natural larder.

Almost all events will be free or charge a modest admission of under £5. Most are led by local wildlife or conservation experts and take in a host of natural delights including the iconic red squirrel, migrating geese, bats, badgers, butterflies and moths, otters, red kites, osprey, red deer, goats, gannets and sharks.

Project Manager for the Southern Uplands Partnership and spokesperson for the South of Scotland Wild Festivals, Pip Tabor said:

“By uniting The Dumfries & Galloway Wild Spring Festival and the Scottish Borders Nature Festival we hope to shine a spotlight on the naturally inspiring countryside, forests, gardens and coastline (around 250 miles of it) across the south of Scotland.

“There are so many wonderful experiences on offer for families and wildlife enthusiasts from near and far to discover the outstanding areas of natural beauty in Dumfries and Galloway and The Scottish Borders. Many events at these festivals are free and the local nature reserves and forestry visitor centres are second to none, offering the perfect way to get out in the fresh air and explore the south of Scotland this Spring.”

Groups organising events include the RSPB, the Forestry Commission, the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT), the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), Borders Forest Trust, the Scottish Borders Council and the Dumfries and Galloway Council, as well as a variety of independent local heritage attractions and estates.

A full programme will be announced in the coming months, but for more information you can visit www.wildseasons.co.uk.