are fed every day including Christmas day at 2pm admission is £4. per person
and is well worth it for the spectacular site. We now visit this site many times
a year there is always something different every time you go and are always made
very welcome. Anne and Pam do an excellent job in promoting the Red Kites. They
will always stop and talk to you nothing is too much bother and are very well
informed about the kites. There is always a scope set up so you can see the bird
when they settle in the trees at the back of the hide and binoculars are in the
hide. Do call in when in the area I'm sure you will agree with me a sight well
worth watching many many times.
Red kites have been congregating at Bellymack
Hill Farm since the first year that they were reintroduced to Galloway. This may
have been due to the prevailing SW winds which approach the hillside and create
updrafts of air, enabling kites to ride the air effortlessly above the hill. The
feeding station allows on lookers to get a close firsthand experience of these
gregarious birds when they come in to feed.
There are viewing areas situated
around the feeding area, including a hide above the field, where commanding views
can be taken in of kites being fed scenic Galloway countryside and kites perching
in trees and shrubs, nearby.
The farm also offers
the opportunity to see other fantastic wildlife, with yellowhammer, stonechat
and linnet all breeding here in summer. Also look out for the occasional roe deer
grazing among pasture or gorse (locally known as whin). The farm is home to a
number of predators, including stoat, kestrel and sparrowhawk but visitors more
regularly find other life on the farm equally as charming, with puppies, goats,
sheep, cattle and the odd pig or duck which can be experienced close hand.
to kites, through public support
As the population of kites rises in Galloway,
they will expand in range and chances of seeing these birds further afield will
increase. Viewing these birds at the feeding station is probably one of the most
dramatic ways to encounter the species, up close as they display and interact
with other kites.