Wood of Cree RSPB Nature Reserve

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Wood of Cree RSPB Nature Reserve

The Wood of Cree nature reserve includes the largest area of ancient oak woodland in southern Scotland. It comprises over 600 hectares of woodland, wood pasture, moorland, marsh and river.

  • Notable animal species: pied flycatcher, wood warbler, redstart, tree pipit, grasshopper warbler, black grouse, Leisler’s, Daubenton’s and pipistrelle bats, red squirrel, pine marten, otter, purple hairstreak, small pearl-bordered fritillary.
  • Notable and rare plant species: bluebell, whorled caraway, globeflower, Wilson’s filmy fern, liverworts.

Best in: The Wood of Cree rewards visitors at all times of the year, but it is especially spectacular in the spring when the bluebells are in full bloom and migrant birds have arrived from Africa.


4 miles north of Newton Stewart
Post Code
Grid reference: Barclye car park NX 386694, Woodland car park NX 380709
GPS Co-ordinates

How to get there

By car: Travel along the A75 to Newton Stewart. Follow the brown tourist signs through Minnigaff. From here, the reserve is three miles along a minor road with passing places. Barclye car park is on your right, and the Woodland car park is on your left a mile further along the road.

By bus service: the nearest bus stop is in Newton Stewart.

By cycle/on foot: along Sustrans route number 7


  • Two car parks
  • Picnic tables and benches
  • Cycle rack
  • Otter viewing platform and other viewpoints
  • Various nature trails
  • 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
Email: crystal.maw@rspb.org.uk
Website: www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/w/woodofcree

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Bluebells - photo by Alison Connelly
Pied Flycatcher