Mersehead RSPB nature reserve

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Mersehead RSPB nature reserve

Mereshead Nature reserve is an important part of the Solway European marine site. The reserve has a mosaic of habitats which includes intertidal mudflats, sand dunes, saltmarsh, grassland, woodland and arable farmland.

Notable animal species: Svalbard barnacle geese, pintail, teal, wigeon, shoveler,  oystercatchers, curlew, reed warbler, skylarks, grasshopper warbler, yellowhammer, tree sparrow, snipe, lapwing, hen harrier, merlin, natterjack toads,  badgers, roe deer, otters

Notable and rare plant species: lesser marshwort, beach sagewort, Sea bindweed, whorled caraway, seaside centaury, dark green mouse-ear chickweed, little mouse-ear, sea holly, sea spurge, mudwort, lax-flowered sea-lavender

Best in: Mersehead rewards visitors at all times of the year, but it is especially spectacular in the Autumn when the Svalbard barnacle geese arrive from the summer grounds


14 miles west of Dumfries
Post Code: DG2 8ah
Grid reference: NX925 561
Latitude: 54.890431
Longitude: -3.673639

How to get there

By car: From Dumfries, take the A710 Solway Coast road, passing through the villages of New Abbey, Kirkbean, Prestonmill and Mainsriddle. The reserve is signposted just before the village of Caulkerbush, on the left. A single track road with passing places runs for a mile down to the car park, adjacent to the visitor centre. From Castle Douglas, take the A745, then the A711 to Dalbeattie before joining the A710 Solway Coast road, passing through the villages of Colvend, Sandyhills and Caulkerbush. The reserve is signposted just after Caulkerbush bridge, on the right. Follow above directions for single track road to reserve.

By bus service: Dumfries is the nearest railway station, about 16 miles away. From here you can take a bus to the village of Caulkerbush, from where the reserve is signed.


Large car park
Visitor centre open all year round
Hot drinks and snacks
Two hides
Two nature trails with wheelchair access
Picnic tables and benches
Reserve leaflet
Information boards and interpretation
Guided walks and events programme
School and other group bookings available


RSPB Scotland
Community and Information Officer: Kirsty Griffiths
Office phone: 01387 780579
Mobile: 07825119337

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Site Map

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Mersehead Reedbeds
Mersehead Wetlands
Mersehead Beach at Sunset