Knowetop Lochs SWT Reserve, Corsock

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Knowetop Lochs SWT Reserve, Corsock

Knowetop Lochs is situated beside the Barlay Burn on the A712 between Balmaclellan and Corsock and has real upland feel to it. It has a rich variety of habitats including 2 Lochans, Wetland, Heathland, Birch Woodland, Conifer Plantation and Sphagnum Bog. It is, perhaps, best known for its butterflies and dragonflies: 16 species of butterfly are regularly recorded at Knowetop including Large Heath Butterfly, Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary, Ringlet and Scotch Argus. Knowetop also supports ten species of dragonfly and damselfly in its lochans and pools. Breeding birds include Sedge Warbler, Willow Tit and Water Rail.

  • Birds: Warblers, Willow Tit, Water Rail, Siskin, Crossbill, Raven, Reed Bunting, Greylag Goose
  • Reptiles: Adder, Common Lizard

  • Plants: Bog Asphodel, Sundew, Whorled Caraway, Bladderwort. Sphagnum-Moss.

Best In: May to September for Butterflies & Dragonflies.


Adjacent to the A712, about 5 miles east of Balmaclellan and 5 miles west of Corsock

Grid Reference: NX 705788.

How to get there

By car: Follow the A712 from Balmaclellan to Corsock.  Park at the reserve gate (room for only 2 cars), or in the layby on the other side of the road (room for 10 cars).


  • Map-board at the entrance.

  • Dragonfly Pool near the entrance

  • A series of paths cover all parts of the reserve (not wheelchair accessible)  

  • A series of boardwalks cover parts of the reserve, including the entrance and the Dragonfly Pool, but not all of the reserve.


Scottish Wildlife Trust

Galloway Centre Secretary:   Graham Smith

Tel: 01644 420 881



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Emerald Damselfly
Golden Ringed Dragonfly
Large Heath