With the significant rainfall wellies are highly recommended for anyone visiting the site at the moment.
We are doing our best to pump and put out duckboards to help with access but there is only so much we can do.


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

Don't miss

  • 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.