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Wild Animals of Dumfries and Galloway :

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Dumfries and Galloway, better known as South West Scotland, has a wide variety of habitats, ranging from coastal dunes and wetlands, through woodlands, fields and open moorlands, to rock and near-tundra. A wide variety of vertebrates and invertebrates survives in the area, as it is still low in population and is increasingly subject to conservation.

Red Squirrels and Otters make their home here, as do two varieties of deer (Roe and Red), possibly also Pine Martens. So do both varieties of Hare and innumerable Rabbits, Voles, Shrews and Fieldmice. Foxes are also widely present, but have little impact on the rodent population and the deer, who have to be controlled (culled) by shooting. Due to decline in upland farming the ecology is actually fairly natural; human impact on habitats causes more effect on species than guns.

This list is likely to grow as interest in the site continues. The writer will try to keep pace with suggestions and is always happy to receive images of animal species. Note that the Birds (Aves) have a separate listing, and that this is by no means a complete list

Vertebrates :
[Mammals] [Reptiles] [Amphibians] [Fish]
Invertebrates :
[Crustaceans and Shellfish]
[Insects and Spiders] [Other Invertebrates]


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