Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has called for wetlands and nature reserves to be given greater recognition and promotion in a speech in the Scottish Parliament.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP, who is also his party’s spokesperson on the natural environment, used a speech celebrating World Wetlands Day to showcase the many important wetlands across his constituency.
In particular, Mr Carson highlighted the Aldouran wetland garden facility at Leswalt which is community maintained and features a whole host of species which reside at the wetland garden, which Mr Carson has previously visited.
Mr Carson also used his speech to highlight the Wigtown Bay local nature reserve, the largest of its kind in Britain with its large areas of salt marsh and mudflats being particularly important for the species.
Loch Ken and River Dee Marshes as well as the Kirkcowan Flow also got a mention from Mr Carson as important sites, which he believes deserve greater recognition.
Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “This was an important debate to celebrate our wetlands, but also to highlight just how important they are for our natural environment and in the fight against climate change.
“We have a whole host of wonderful wetlands and nature reserves across my constituency, including at the Aldouran Wetland Garden, which is wonderfully maintained by the community and from all ages and is an excellent tourist attraction.
“At the moment it is clear that many people do not recognise the importance of these sites and how vital they are for our species, so it was important to highlight their role in the area.
“Having visited Aldouran in the past, I know the great work that is going on there and with my interest in the natural environment and tackling climate change, I will continue to highlight how wetlands can play a significant part on that front