Ken-Dee Marshes RSPB nature reserve

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Ken-Dee Marshes RSPB nature reserve

With stunning views across both the River Dee and Loch ken, Ken-Dee Marshes is a nature reserve to enjoy all year round, whether you are looking for wildlife or just a quiet woodland walk. It comprises a mixture of woodland, marsh, swamp and open water.

  • Notable animal species: willow tit, pied flycatcher, redstart, Greenland white-fronted goose, red kite, lapwing, pipistrelle bats, red squirrel, purple hairstreak, azure damselfly, common darter.
  • Notable and rare plant species: pillwort, wood bitter-vetch, spignel, saw-wort, sedges.

Best in: Ken-Dee Marshes rewards visitors at all times of the year. In the winter the Greenland white fronted geese are present, spring and summer are good for African migrant birds, dragonflies and damselflies, whilst red squirrels, red kites and willow tits can be seen at any time of the year.


About 7 miles north of Castle Douglas
Post Code
Grid reference: Car park NX 699684.
Latitude: 54.99316
Longitude: -4.03512

How to get there

By car: Travel along the A713 north from Castle Douglas. Take the B795 to Glenlochar and then follow the brown tourist signs along a minor road north from Glenlochar for 3.5 miles (5.6 km).


  • One car park
  • Cycle rack
  • Two hides (one with disabled access and a disabled parking space)
  • Goose viewing platform
  • Reserve leaflet
  • Information boards and interpretation
  • Guided walks programme
  • School and other group bookings available


RSPB Scotland

Warden: Crystal Maw
Office phone: 01988 402130
Mobile: 07920 591588

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Site Map

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Grazing Geeset - photo by Andy Hay RSPB
Willow Tit - photo by Andy Hay RSPB
Red Squirrel - photo by Andy Hay RSPB