Eskrigg Nature Reserve, south west of Lockerbie, is a delight. There’s a pond once used for curling, half-frozen, the ice bearing fallen leaves . There are nuthatch and coal tit, fungi and red squirrels scamper over log piles and disappear amongst pine trees. Afterwards, we head for Caerlaverock and watch the feeding of the wild swans, whooper swans arriving in October from Iceland, to overwinter here.
We see the first of the barnacle geese, more to come next day.
Eskrigg with fungi and icy pond. Far left, whooper swans ( centre of image) being fed at Caerlaverock .
Jan Wiltshire is a nature writer living in Cumbria. She also explores islands and coast and the wildlife experience. (See Home and My Books.)