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Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve

Sand, sea, mud and merse

Dramatic coastal scenery and a rich range of wildlife combine to make Caerlaverock an outstanding National Nature Reserve (NNR).

Mudflats and saltmarsh – or merse – provide a winter feast for birds such as barnacle geese, bar-tailed godwit and knot. Stand on the edge of this vast expanse and watch flocks of birds wheeling through the sky. Arrive early in summer to listen to the dawn chorus or, if you’ are very lucky, the distant chorus of natterjack toads.
 
Whether you want to enjoy birdwatching or a good walk with a stunning soundtrack of birdsong, you’ll find a warm welcome at Caerlaverock.

Find out more about visiting Caerlaverock NNR.

Top attractions

• Visit at sunrise or sunset for breathtaking wildlife and scenery.
• Watch wintering geese, normally resident in the Arctic.
• Listen to natterjack toads, Scotland’s rarest amphibian.

Find out more about the reserve and its natural history.

What’s on?

Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.

Wildfowling

You can find information on wildfowling at Caerlaverock NNR on our wildfowling guidance page.

Contact

Reserve manager: Suzanne McIntyre
Scottish Natural Heritage
Greystone Park
55/57 Moffat Road
Dumfries
DG1 1NP

Telephone: 0300 067 3200
Email: nnr@nature.scot

Find out more

Discover more about why Scotland’s National Nature Reserves were created and the partners who manage them.

Related Links

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Follow SNH’s Scotland’s Nature blog and find interesting articles on Scotland’s natural heritage.

Caerlaverock NNR is a member of VisitScotland.

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