Welcome to Wildlife Shadows

A family of ducks Barn owl

Here at Torwoodlee, near Galashiels, we have an abundance of wildlife which we want to share with you. Because of the way in which the Pringle Family have nurtured Torwoodlee for over 500 years, there are wild places where red squirrels and otters, barn owls and crossbills can be found, along with a multitude of other species just waiting to be spotted.

We have roe deer, otters, badgers, stoats and weasels, hares and rabbits among the larger mammals; buzzards, sparrow hawks, pheasants, partridges, crows, jackdaws and rooks, pigeons, mallard and tufted duck, little grebes, coots and moorhen, lapwings, oystercatchers, curlews and red grouse among the larger birds. Occasionally we see ospreys, hen harriers, peregrines, foxes and mink.


The number of other, often smaller, species is astounding and you can barely take a step without spotting something of interest. These 'lesser' species are so often overlooked in favour of more exotic species that we feel it is important to celebrate our native species from the iconic red squirrel to the cowslip, all thriving in their natural habitat - sometimes with a little help from those people living and working on the estate.

There are other items of interest, of course; we have the remains of a Pictish Broch, Iron Age terraces, remnants of the ancient Ettrick Forest which has been managed by man for at least a thousand years, two 16th century towers (one of which is reputed to be haunted) and landscapes from riverine to hilltop.

Our complete guided wildlife viewing service in the beautiful Scottish Borders is currently unavailable, but we do hope to resume it in the future. In the meantime, if you have any enquiries, please get in touch.