Part-funded by Making Tracks
South of Scotland Nature Based Tourism Project
Visit Glenholm in the Scottish Borders and see southern Scotland's wildlife
close up. The Glenholm Wildlife Project has something for everyone. You can
the birds around the Glenholm pond from your vantage point in the project hide.
There is also an artificial otter holt waiting for the local otters to take up
residence. Or relax and watch the same wildlife on
television from the warmth of the tea room and lounge at the Glenholm Centre. If
you're feeling a little more energetic take a stroll on one of four clearly
marked and interpreted walks that explore the farm. And for our younger visitors
the Millennium Wood has some great surprises in store if you
search a little.
The Glenholm Wildlife Project is a partnership of business interests within
Glenholm, land owners and managers of the farm on which the project is based,
and young people from the local school and wildlife watch groups (see
who we are).
The lead partner is
the Glenholm Centre which was established in
1998 on Cardon Farm, as part of a rural diversification programme. The Centre,
located on the western edge of the Scottish Borders region (see
map), is set up as a guesthouse and residential computer training centre
which specialises in computer holidays for people at any level of computer
expertise. The Centre also has facilities to host meetings and small courses for
of the Glenholm Centre at the centre of Cardon farm has meant that guests to the
Centre have always been given the opportunity to walk around the farm and
explore the surrounding area. The President of the National Farmers Union, when
opening the Centre in 1998 commented that the Centre was an ideal venue for the
town to meet the country and understand each other. To this end, a walking
brochure was developed with a map of the farm and some suggested walks on it.
always been important when farming Cardon. Over the years we have tried to farm
with sensitivity towards the wildlife but recognise that more can be done to
encourage wildlife to cohabit with the productive elements on the farm. It has
also been an important element when advertising the Centre as a guesthouse.
Guests to the Centre revel in the remote and untouched feeling of the glen and a
lot of residents return to relax in the quietness and beauty of the place.
overall objective of the Glenholm Wildlife Project, which was launched on 3rd
June 2005 by Lord David Steel of Aikwood, is to encourage more people
to enjoy the glen, improve the wildlife habitat within the area, and provide
better facilities and interpretation for visitors, all within a working farm.
Success will be measured by tourism, farming and wildlife coexisting together
and thriving off each other.
project comprises three main activities: the
wetland watch area; the
woodland watch area and a series of
mainly but not exclusively upland walks.
For the more energetic there is even a small pitch and putt for visitors to try
their hand at. Access to all of these areas is free. In addition a tea room and small gift shop
have been established which, alongside the guest house accommodation of the
Glenholm Centre, will service these activities and fund the maintenance and
development of the project. The location of each activity
is shown on the following map of Cardon Farm.
© Glenholm Wildlife Project
Broughton, by BIGGAR,
Scottish Borders ML12 6JF
Telephone: 01899-830408 - Fax: 01899-830408