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WELCOME TO BELLYMACK HILL FARM
RED KITE FEEDING STATION

 

This year we have opened a new room in the centre. . A local artist has painted the wonderful picture on one of the walls. I hope that you will come and see the new room.

 

WE NOW HAVE SOME NEW ARRIVALS ON THE FARM
TO SEE THE PHOTOGRAPHS
PLEASE CLICK HERE

 

SORRY BUT WE ARE UNABLE TO TAKE CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS


PLEASE NOTE NEW OPENING TIMES FOR 2017
1st January to December 31st 12pm to 4pm
Admission £5

 


WE NEED MORE PHOTOGRAPHS FOR OUR WEB SITE TO TRY TO MAKE IT MORE INTERESTING
Any one that would like to send photographs that have been taken on the farm we
will give you credit on the web site if you wish
bellymackhillfarm@yahoo.co.uk

You can put your photographs on are flicker page
https://www.flickr.com/groups/2754573@N21/

 

Photograph shows left to right Ann who own’s the farm Sue my wife and Pam shop manager

 

On a recent visit to Dumfries we decide to go round the red kite trail starting from Castle Douglas and going past Lock Ken following the trail round past the information center and on to the deer and the wild goat viewing places and finishing at Bellymack Farm .All the way round the trail we only saw three red kites. On approaching the feeding station we could see high up several kites circling over head as we got nearer there were about 20 birds we could not believe our eyes
We were a little early for the feeding time of 2pm but were made very welcome by the lady in the shop. We went up to bird hide and there we found lots of information on the kites, books leaflets and even coloring pages for the children. Also there was Callum Murray who is the RSPB Community Liaison Officer for the Galloway Red Kite Trail who gave us lots of useful information about the kites, when they were first released and the breeding program.

This photograph shows Callum Murray in the center and some of the other people who remained after feeding

The birds 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.

Other attractions
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.

Benefits 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.