24 Apr 2019

If you go down to the woods today.... Hog House Hill has a stunning display of spring bluebells carpeting the floor

Sowing the seeds

23 Apr 2019

Following the survey of the Nature Reserve, instigated by Val Bradbury conducted by David Hawker( Botanical Recorder for Kirkcudbrightshire), David advised on the ideal mix of wild flower seeds for our reserve.

Squirrel pox is a devastating virus which has a 95% fatality rate in red squirrels. Symptoms of the disease include pus-filled lesions on the face (particularly around the eyes and mouth), paws and genitalia with squirrels often showing signs of disorientation, lack of coordination and lethargy.

Life in a tube

30 Mar 2019

You will recall we've planted 4,600 trees in our Kippford Community Nature Reserve. However, it actually looks like we have planted 4,600 plastic tubes. These are to protect the saplings in the first few years of life -- mostly from the deer.

The annual Village Dinner is almost here.  We're delighted to confirm that it will once again be held in the Village Hall.  More details on the evening will follow, but for now save the date:


What a great turnout we had for our final weekend tree planting. Over 20 volunteers enjoyed the late winter sunshine (if not the cold northerly wind) to plant the block of 440 trees in the lower field.


On the evening on the 15th March 2019, the Village Hall hosted a fundraiser for the Dumfries Branch of Parkinson's UK.

We’re almost there!

Good progress has been made this week. By the end of Friday we estimate 4,000 trees will have been planted, leaving 600 to go.


We're delighted to report that the new hall curtains have been hung, and are looking great.

We had a great morning on Saturday with 14 volunteers planting from 9.00 to 12.00, and almost completing one area of 400 trees from start to finish! This really has boosted our progress.

We’ve had some pretty inclement weather to deal with this week on The Kipp, so well done to those who came along to help.

By the end of Friday, we should have finished the compartment above Kipp House, so, in total we must have planted 3,000 trees!

This week the tree planting continues.  We are currently working in the area behind Kipp House.  Come in through the top gate at The Kipp, walk up the field and veer to the left.
Planting times are weekdays 9-11am, and weekends 9am-12noon.  Please note that we are NOT planting on Wednesday this week as the forecast is poor. 

We had lovely weather for today’s tree planting and lots of enthusiastic volunteers, many planting trees for the very first time.

The count at the end of Sunday is 1,050 mounds prepared, 850 trees planted! Pretty good!

We finally started planting trees today, with a 2-hour session in the morning and the same in the afternoon.

Again, many thanks to those who came along with their trowels, mallets and spades: we have planted about 200 oak trees. There was also a team preparing the mounds for planting, and they have, in total prepared planting sites for 900 trees.

Some 500 planting mounds, prepared over the past two days, are ready for our first tree planting session this weekend. We will be planting in the top field Saturday (tomorrow) 9.00 - 11.00 am and 2.00 - 4.00 pm. 

Tree Planting Plan

15 Feb 2019

At our open meeting in the village hall last week we talked about the first phase of the Kippford Community Nature Reserve -- Tree Planting.

It was great to have people sign up as volunteers to assist in this.  Below are details of the dates for the event.

We're in the Press

15 Feb 2019

This week's Galloway News has a feature on The Kippford Communicate Nature Reserve.  Click here