Dumfries & Galloway | Bankend | Nature reserve | ★★★
|[Svalbard barnacle geese at WWT Caerlaverock - the entire population overwinters on the Solway Firth]|
The wetlands bordering the Solway Firth are a paradise for bird species. Each winter, thousands of birds descend on the fields and mud flats to over-winter here, taking advantage of abundant food supplies and a frost-free climate. The area is a National Nature Reserve covering a huge 55 square kilometres, of which a small proportion falls under the remit of WWT Caerlaverock. This was the venue for the BBC's Autumnwatch 2015; between approximately October and March it's a fantastic place to watch Svalbard barnacle geese, pink-footed geese, whooper swans, various ducks and dozens of other bird species.
|[Sunset over Back Pond & the Peter Scott observatory]|
📌 WWT Caerlaverock ★★★
Location: Minor road end 3 miles southeast of Bankend, G.R.: NY 051656 ///outs.infinite.harvest
Open (2019): Daily, but best in winter
Cost (2019): £7.90 (adults), £4.54 (children), free for WWT members
Anything else? The rest of Caerlaverock NNR (outwith WWT Caerlaverock) is free to visit and always open, though access and viewing is less convenient.
|[Whooper swans, mute swans and Canada geese, at feeding time on Whooper Pond]|