We're Good to Go

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to WWT Caerlaverock and we have everything in place so you have the best day out.

We’ve been accredited with the ‘Good to Go’ stamp of approval, which means we are operating within government guidelines and public health guidance for managing coronavirus risk.

We’re carefully managing the number of people on site and have a booking system in place. Our wide open spaces mean that you can wander around safely enjoying the wildlife, and hand washing stations have been sited all around the reserve. The toilets are open and are cleaned daily.



When you arrive, have a chat to our friendly team who are here to answer any questions you may have and to ensure you have a fantastic day out. To limit touch points and keep you safe we’re asking everyone to pay by card where possible.

To make the most of your day, why not arrive as soon as we open, at 10am! Early risers will be rewarded with the glorious sounds of spring bird song and a chance to catch our wetland wildlife waking. Or if you’d rather arrive later in the day, we are open until 5pm, for you to have an early evening adventure.

Wildlife hides and spotting

Most hides are open, with only those with narrow staircases closed, including the Farmhouse Tower and upstairs in the Peter Scott Observatory, Avenue Tower and Saltcot Merse Observatory. However there are plenty of peaceful, nature-rich walks around the reserve, including the Walk on the Wildside trail.

Spring is an amazing time to discover wetland wildlife, whether it is exploring our Peter Scott Trail, listening for sedge and reed warblers, watching the nesting tree sparrows, viewing perching birds eat from our feeders, or looking out over the Solway merse to Cumbria, with singing skylarks, displaying lapwings and fishing ospreys! The Walk on the Wildside is open and includes a new area to explore! Read more about our latest sightings and our seasonal wildlife highlights for hints and tips to really make the most of your time here.

We are limiting numbers in our hides to keep you safe and have the best possible experience and in line with government guidance are asking that face masks be worn in all indoor spaces.

sedge warbler

Plan your wetland adventure

Spring is a great time to visit and experience nature at its very best with 900 acres of wetland paradise to enjoy.

Step away from the screen and get outdoors to embrace the peace and quiet of our wetlands! Enjoy house martins and swallows nesting around the hides, butterflies and bees out on the wildflower meadows, skylarks singing out on the merse and cool tree lined avenues to wander down in the spring sunshine.

Teal pond hide, credit Alex Hillier

Eat, drink, shop

We have a selection of take away hot and cold snacks, drinks and ice creams available from the visitor centre for you to enjoy on-the-go, to fuel your wetland adventure. Snacks include tasty pasties, yummy sausage rolls and brownies. You’re also welcome to bring your own food and drink and make use of our well-spaced picnic benches to enjoy your snacks in the great outdoors.

The shop is open, offering a selection of informative books, optics and good value bird food and feeding accessories.

To limit touch points and keep you safe we’re asking everyone to pay by card where possible and, in line with government guidance, we are asking that face masks be worn in all indoor spaces.


Book online today

To help keep everyone safe we’re carefully managing the number people who visit on any one day and are asking everyone to book in advance, so we can give you the best possible experience.

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