Local Nature Reserves in Dumfries & Galloway
Looking over the fields to Wigtown Bay
The inspiring countryside of Dumfries & Galloway is the perfect landscape to admire some of Scotland’s rarest wildlife. What better way to get up close to these animals in their natural habitats than by visiting one of the region’s amazing Local Nature Reserves?
Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve lies north of the Solway Firth and is the largest Local Nature Reserve in Britain. Recognised as being a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the reserve provides fantastic birdwatching opportunities throughout the year. During the summer months you can watch the region’s magnificent osprey in their nests via a live camera link from the town’s visitor centre. Later on in the year, the winter months bring tens of thousands of migrating geese that graze in the reserve’s protected mudflats and salt marsh habitats.
Castle Loch Local Nature Reserve is another SSSI in Dumfries & Galloway and is a regular breeding ground for willow tits, reed buntings and reed warblers. Take the time to explore the reserve’s beautiful mature woodland and its tree sculpture trail, created with the help of champion chainsaw carver Peter Bowsher. This fascinating trail allows you to learn more about the area's wildlife and heritage, before leading you to the magnificent ruins of Lochmaben Castle. This historic attraction has links with Robert the Bruce and provides a magical backdrop when sailing on the reserve’s picturesque loch.
Why not discover more wildlife spotting opportunities at Dumfries & Galloway’s many other nature reserves and parks?
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