Located in the most southerly part of Scotland, Balloch Wood is a maritime wood situated on the coast of the Solway Firth.
It has a mild windy oceanic climate influenced by the Gulf Stream which is damp with relatively mild winters and cool summers. This allows it to support a variety of species at their northern or southern geographical limits.
The Solway is the winter habitat to around 23,000 Barnacle Geese that fly from Spitzbergen in the Arctic Circle.
In common with other western areas of Scotland the heaviest rainfall occurring between October and February, with spring being the driest time of year. Annual rainfall ranges from 1200-1400mm.
The prevailing wind is south-westerly.