About Galloway Local Group

RSPB Galloway Local Group was formed in 1985. We represent the RSPB in Dumfries and Galloway and, although we meet in Castle Douglas, anyone throughout the region can join us. If you wish to meet like-minded people and help make a difference for birds and wildlife, please feel free to come to any of our indoor meetings or other events.

There is ample parking on Whitepark Road near the hall. There is limited parking in the yard: please leave this for those who are disabled. The hall has full disabled access and facilities.

We usually meet on a Monday, once a month between September to April inclusive, but please check the programme for dates. We have an interval when refreshments are available and there is a chance to meet and talk to other members.

We aim to offer:

• A friendly welcome to those who are new to the RSPB or new to birdwatching

• Illustrated monthly wildlife talks throughout the autumn, winter and spring, given by knowledgeable speakers

• Occasional field trips and longer outings to reserves and other quality sites. Experienced leaders are on hand to help both new and more advanced birders

• A twice-yearly newsletter to all group members

• Numerous opportunities to volunteer help at our occasional fundraising activities, with bird surveys and with other RSPB tasks and activities

We are proud of our record as an active group. We have a healthy track record of fundraising for the RSPB and have undertaken a wide variety of activities over the years. From time to time, we organise art exhibitions and garden openings for the RSPB’s important conservation work.

We can offer talks to local organisations on: ‘Gardening for Wildlife’. To book a talk, please contact us. No group is too small, but we do normally ask for a donation. We try to answer questions about our group or local bird life, but we are a conservation charity and cannot offer welfare or veterinary advice.

Who to contact:

Group leader: David Henshilwood

Tel: 01556 650129

Email: david.henshilwood@btinternet.com

Meeting times and costs

7.30pm. Local group members £1.50, visitors £2.50, under 18s free. Refreshments are included.

Meeting place

The Gordon Memorial Hall, St Ninian’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Whitepark Road, Castle Douglas DG7 1EX


David Henshilwood: Main Contact, Leader
Carol Ryall: Treasurer

Other people who help organise group activities

Andy Adamson
Kate Adamson
Chris Rollie

Group contact


Contact us

If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch.