Get set for 1400 nature-filled acres of amazing wildlife. With more hides, towers and observatories than any other nature reserve in Scotland, it's the perfect place to get up-close and personal with our wonderful wildlife.

Meet our wildlife superstars

Go nose-to-beak with some of nature's most exciting animals

Winter Wildfowl Spectacle

Experience the amazing sights and sounds of thousands of waterbirds enjoying our Solway wetlands and the spectacular raptors that they attract onto the reserve.

Swan spectacular

Experience our exciting wild swan feed and watch the territorial behaviours of our characterful whooper swans and mute swans on the giant bird table, the Whooper Pond! Find out more.


From October to March our webcam is set on the Whooper pond where you can watch the swan feeds, every evening the camera becomes ‘badgercam’ where you may see feeding badgers.

Wonder, explore, play

Exciting hands-on discovery for all ages

Walk the Sir Peter Scott trail

Wind your way around our Sir Peter Scott Centenary trail, then hunker down in one of our hides to spot little egrets, curlews, golden plover, barnacle geese, water rails and a wealth of small birds including the rare tree sparrow.


Find one of 20 different hides around the reserve, to sit in peace and quiet and watch the wildlife spectacle unfold in front of you! We have the larger Avenue Tower, Peter Scott Observatory and Saltcot Merse Observatory, or one of our many small hides, such as Sharp’s Lookout and the fantastic Teal Pond Hide!

Wetland wonders

Follow our seasonal trails to learn interesting facts about wetland habitats and species such as winter buds, collective nouns, feathers, waders and farmland birds. Find out more.

The Paddock

Wander through our newest habitat, the Paddock. Created two years ago the ponds are full of plant and insect life. Look in the hedgerows for tree sparrows, yellowhammers and reed buntings. The Scottish Water Hide is a fantastic place to watch wildlife, with a stunning view of the Solway and the Lake District hills.

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