Explore and Record the Rhins

Why not get out and explore the Rhins of Galloway Coast in 2022?

Have fun recording the wildlife that you find whilst learning about the unique biodiversity along the stunning coastline. This is an activity suitable for all ages and abilities so enjoy seeking wildlife on the Rhins.

We have a range of spotter sheets which you can either print, or download to your mobile device to use whilst out and about.  You don’t need any previous knowledge of wildlife or of recording.

Choose the spotter sheet for the type of seashore you are visiting . All the resources you need can be accessed here. Then, find out more about some of the amazing coastal flowers, birds, insects, lichens, and seaweeds you can find on the coastline .

Nature spotting does not have to be demanding when the countryside is bursting with wildlife and many colourful flowers and insects are often easy to identify. Post photographs of the wildlife you spot on your favourite social media platform and tag them with #RhinsRecording. We will pick the best shots to feature in the Solway Firth Partnership newsletters and website.

Seen any wildlife you would like to record?

Help us discover what wildlife lives on the coast. Enter your records here.

Explore what wildlife other people recorded around the Rhins in 2022 here.

You can explore a list of the many species that have been recorded since 2017 in this varied area of the Solway here.

More about wildlife recording

Many people enjoy watching wildlife and identifying the species they find. The Explore and Record the Rhins Project aims to encourage people onto the Rhins of Galloway Coast. Here you can enjoy wildlife and help us by telling us what you see over the Summer of 2022 and beyond.

Solway Firth Partnership are working with the South West Scotland Environmental Information Centre (SWSEIC) to help record as much information as possible. Records will contribute greatly to local knowledge of our wildlife and habitats. Records can help to establish the distribution and size of populations, and regular recording may enable us to detect changes over time.

SWSEIC is the local environmental records centre covering Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire. The Centre aims to further the appreciation, understanding and protection of the natural environment of south west Scotland by collecting, collating, managing and safeguarding information about the natural environment. Find out more about their work and how you can get further involved here.

More understanding of our natural heritage leads to greater protection.  Habitats and species are more likely to be protected if people are aware of wildlife. Up to date records of their locations helps plan for their enhancement. Information also encourages visits to the coast as part of sustainable development. The Rhins is an under recorded area of Dumfries and Galloway but has a great range of species.

There is no requirement for those taking part to have previous knowledge of recording biodiversity. So, it is anticipated that both visitors and people from the local community will be able to take part.  Allowing them to connect to the local natural heritage. Spotter sheets have been designed to be accessible to children and young people as well as adults.

The project started in July 2021 and feel free to use the spotter guides to go out on the Rhins and continue to record!

Over the summer of 2022 there is a photo competition of wildlife recorded so remember to take photos of what you spot.  The winning photo from the summer of 2021 is shown below.

Dumfries and Galloway Council are currently developing the Rhins Coastal Path. Later this year you will be able to start exploring the coast on way marked paths and mapped routes. Find out more here.

The project is funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council