Wetland at Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve. NOT BUSY.

We are doing our best to get back to normal but it will take some time to re-open all our facilities safely. Our car parks on this site are now open. 

We ask that you continue to follow Scottish Government and NHS guidelines and help protect yourself, your family and your local community:

  • Maintain hand hygiene
  • Follow physical distancing guidelines

While you are out and about, please take extra care to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

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.

Caerlaverock NNR


Caerlaverock NNR, in the heart of Caerlaverock Estate, is a place of constant change and part of an ongoing international conservation success story.


Caerlaverock NNR camera trap


Dusk flight barnacle geese

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.

Keep up to date

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


Reserve manager: Suzanne McIntyre
Scottish Natural Heritage
Greystone Park
55/57 Moffat Road

Telephone: 01738 458678 
Email: [email protected]