Mabie Forest, Dumfries and Galloway

Mabie Forest, Dumfries and Galloway

Species to look out for

This reserve is on Forestry Commission Scotland (FC Scotland) land, just a few miles from Dumfries. It has over 20 of Scotland's 32 resident butterflies,including the key species Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary and Forester Moth.

Features

Most of the forest is Sitka Spruce, but there are significant area of ancient oak woodland, wetlands and grassland.

Set amongst extensive conifer plantations, this area of ancient woodland is managed by FC Scotland, with guidance from Butterfly Conservation for both nature conservation and public recreation.

Directions

Grid reference: NX 930 700 (area postcode DG2)

The reserve is 100 hectares and is located four miles south of Dumfries, in the centre of Mabie Forest.

Site access and Safety

Open all year.

Most ticks are little more than an irritation, but a few can transmit Lyme disease, a rare and potentially serious illness which is treatable with antibiotics if diagnosed early. It is therefore important to be informed and take some simple precautions

Contact

Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Forestry Commission Scotland (Dumfries & Borders Forest District office)

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