Located on the north shore of the Solway Firth, Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve (NNR) is a place of constant change. Twice a day, at high tide, 85% of the reserve is flooded.
Mudflats shift with each tide, and plants that can stand the wash of sea water build a fringe of saltmarsh along the shore. The pintail, shelduck, oystercatcher and wading birds delve for food in the mud, and thousands of geese graze the saltmarsh in autumn and winter. Come spring and summer, the natterjack toad’s noisy call can be heard.
Read our leaflet to learn why Caerlaverock NNR is part of an international conservation success story and to find out about visiting the site.
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