From birdwatchers to families there is plenty to discover all year round. With experiences to suit all ages offering access to a huge variety of wildlife, it is no surprise we are an award-winning day out!
Tips for making the most of your day
- Arrive early to avoid the crowds
- Check the What's on page before you go to make sure you don't miss anything
- When you arrive, check the information board for updates on what's happening that day
- Pick up a centre map and day planner on arrival - for free! Or download a map and day planner now.
- Birds have ears too! You'll see much more around the site and in hides if you are quiet and approach slowly
- As we are a wetland reserve, we do not allow dogs into the centre
- The farmhouse tower – fantastic panoramic views across the entire reserve and the Solway estuary.
- The new Sir Peter Scott observatory – get closer to wintering wild whooper swans than anywhere in the country from the comfort of this heated observatory. Large picture windows immerse you in a unique wildlife watching experience. Panoramic views from the tower with multi-access lift.
- Saltcot loaning and Merse observatory – a screened path lined with hides overlooking the fields and ponds, leading to the Merse observatory and tower with its views over the Solway tides.
- The avenue and tower – another screened avenue leading to a three-storey tower looking out over the flood ground and goose grazing fields.
- The Peter Scott centenary walk – explore the wet woodland habitat with its bird hides and wild bird feeding area.
- Live CCTV in the cafe – watch the latest action on the big screen. Osprey and barn owl nests in the summer and swans and geese in the winter.
- Triops – one of the oldest species on earth, this crustacean is a 220 million year old living fossil. The only place in the UK that you can see this amazing creature is in the Caerlaverock aquarium.