Applegarthtown Wildlife Sanctuary

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Applegarthtown reserve
Sand Martins

Sand Martins

A former wasteland on the 17000 acre Crown Estate's Applegarth near Lockerbie, it was flooded to provide a wildlife refuge.The decline of wetland habitats in the UK inspired Bobby Smith, a previous tenant of Applegarthtown Farm, to create the sanctuary, and it has attracted over 126 bird species, many of which have successfully bred . It has the UK's largest man made (see picture below) Sand Martin colony and in July 2010 the North Solway Ringing Group ringed it's 10,000th Sand Martin nestling on the reserve.
Visitors can also expect to find a large breeding colony of Black-headed gull, with other breeding wildfowl, kingfisher and tree sparrow.

Picture.Sand Martin by Ray Scott

Sand Martin colony
Bird photographs from Applegarth
Bird Video from Applegarth
Applegarth Twitter
Applegarth Blogs and links
Local services Applegarth area
Suggested birding walks in the Applegarth area

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