WWT Caerlaverock

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 (nearly) 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. 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]

Location & info

📌 WWT Caerlaverock ★★★
At minor road end 3 mi southeast of Bankend, G.R.: NY 051656 ///outs.infinite.harvest
Open daily (best in winter) | £8.27 adult / £4.72 child / free for WWT members

💬 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]


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