An abundance of wonderful wild birds, wildflowers and insects
Wintering geese and swans
In October, tens of thousands of wild barnacle geese from Svalbard and hundreds of whooper swans fly in to winter with us on the Solway Firth, staying until March. Watch the action unfold from one of our four observation towers or grab a spot in our superb Sir Peter Scott Observatory to enjoy the remarkable wild swan feed. Feeding time – 11am and 2pm – is one feathery show not to be missed.
Peregrine falcons and hen harriers
Our Saltcot Merse Observatory gives astonishing views across the reserve and all the way to the Solway and Lake District fells beyond. Expect waders feeding on the in-coming tide, whilst peregrine falcons and hen harriers hunt over vast salt flats. In summer, ospreys perch on driftwood eating the fish they’ve caught in the Solway.
Barn owls and ospreys
Barn owls sometimes nest in the loft of our visitor building in the summer months and in April our breeding pair of ospreys return to Caerlaverock to nest. Watch live footage on our webcam from 10am – 5pm every day, April to August.