The International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend returns to Mull of Galloway this weekend.

The event helps raise the profile of Lighthouses, Light Vessels and other Navigational Aids, promoting Maritime Heritage.
Talks will include Northern Lighthouse Board Commissioner, John Ross and a presentation about the photographic journey around Scottish and Manx Lighthouses by Ian Cowe.

Two former Lighthouse Keepers will be chatting about their life and times at various Lighthouses during their career. Curly Tale Books will also be holding a Treasure Island story time by Robert Louis Stevenson. The weekend event is free to attend.

August is a month of transition for much of the wildlife across the Mull of Galloway.

Guillemots and Razorbills have all but finished their breeding season and their young have mostly fledged.

At this time of the year they are more often seen in large groups bobbing around on the water. Manx shearwater, which breed on the Isle of Man, are frequently seen flying low over Luce bay or the Irish sea.

Kittiwakes can also still be seen on the cliffs and youngsters preparing to fledge can be spotted frantically flapping their wings in order to build up their flight muscles.

Robert Conn, Information Officer, RSPB Mull of Galloway said linnets and goldfinches also continued to be seen in large flocks feeding on thistles and docks and early migrating birds such as swifts, willow warblers, sedge warblers and blackcaps could often be spotted.

Other wildlife to look out for in August are the distinctively yellow and black striped caterpillars of the cinnabar moth feeding on ragwort, burnet moths buzzing from plant to plant, roe deer and brown hares on the heath and porpoise, seals and lions mane jellyfish out to sea.

The RSPB have the Visible Migration Festival on September 10-11, the Solway Vehicle Enthusiasts Charity Road Run will be down on Sunday September 25 and the Lighthouse will be participating in the Dumfries and Galloway Doors Open Day on the same day when the Lighthouse and Exhibition will be opened to visitors free of charge.