WWT Caerlaverock

Winter bird spectacular

In the winter months - from October to April - Caerlaverock, our most northerly and remote reserve, is alive with flocks of tens and thousands of barnacle geese, whoopers swans and other wintering birds.

The whole Svalbard breeding population of barnacle geese winter exclusively on the Solway Firth and the best views of this amazing wildlife spectacle are from our four towers, four observatories and 20 small hides that look out onto the 607 hectare reserve.

Hundreds of whooper swans also migrate to the reserve in the winter from Iceland and we hold wild swan feeds daily throughout the winter months, which are a spectacle to see (and hear!). The feeds take place at 11am and 2pm every day in the winter - check the events calendar for details. 


Wild swan feeds

Hundreds of whooper swans migrate to the reserve in the winter from Iceland and we hold wild swan feeds daily throughout the winter months, which are a spectacle to see (and hear!).

The feeds take place at 11am and 2pm every day in the winter in front of the picture windows of the heated observatory.

Enjoy the swans and all of the other wildfowl closer than anywhere in the country. A warden will be on hand to interpret the feed and point out all the birds. ... You c