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.
  • 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.