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Fall for nature’s spectacle at WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre this autumn

Posted on 05 Oct 2020

Just as wetlands offer sanctuary to thousands of animals over the colder months, they also make the perfect place to safely escape the everyday and appreciate one of nature’s greatest shows - autumn.

For our wetlands, it is a spectacular time of year. The first of our migratory birds arrive, having flown vast distances in search of food and warmth to shelter and our reserves transform into an impressive patchwork of rich textures and dazzling colour displays, as leaves turn amber, fruits and berries emerge from the hedgerows and fairy tale fungus sprout underfoot.

In fact, autumn is perhaps the nicest time of year to explore wetlands whatever the weather. They provide an abundance of space and fresh air for nature lovers to enjoy endless skies and epic sunsets. Comfortable hides ensure visitors can protect themselves from the elements without missing out on amazing seasonal scenes.

At WWT Caerlaverock in autumn, thousands of Svalbard barnacle geese and pink footed geese arrive on the reserve.Ducks spend the day on our ponds, including wigeon, teal, shoveler and tufted ducks. Waders swirl on the high tides, with thousands of knot, dunlin, grey plover and lapwings.

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Brian Morrell, Centre Manager said:

“Autumn is the ideal time to immerse yourself in nature and there is no better time to see the amazing waterbird spectacle at WWT Caerlaverock. A safe haven, our visitors can safely explore the outdoors and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our wetlands, in an escape from the everyday”.

WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre has the ‘We’re Good to Go’ stamp of approval, a UK-wide industry standard which has been developed in partnership with Visit Scotland. The accreditation means visitors can rest assured that WWT is doing everything to ensure they operate within the relevant government and public health guidance for managing coronavirus risk. These measures include managing numbers on site, ensuring social distancing and thorough cleaning regimes.

To safely manage numbers on site, all visitors are all asked to book online (whether a WWT member or not).To book tickets, visit