WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

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WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre  is a stunning nature reserve where the wild world still has the power to touch, thrill and inspire. Witness year round wildlife spectacles from comfortable hides and secluded avenues. In spring and summer you can wander through wildflower meadows alive with orchids, butterflies and dragonflies. In the winter months - from October to April - Caerlaverock is alive with flocks of tens and thousands of barnacle geese, whoopers swans and other wintering birds.

  • Notable animal species: barnacle geese, whooper swans, wigeon, teal, ospreys, barn owls, skylarks, lapwings, black-tailed godwits, natterjack toads, triops.
  • Rare plants: Twayblade, northern marsh and common spotted orchids.

Best In: Excellent wildlife viewing year round but an amazing wildfowl spectacle in winter.


9 miles south east of Dumfries Town Centre.
Post Code: DG1 4RS.
Grid Reference: NY052657.
GPS Co-ordinates:

How to get there

By car: follow the brown tourist signs from the A75 west of Annan or from St Michaels church in Dumfries.

Limited bus service from Dumfries and the nearest Railway station is at Dumfries

By cycle / on foot.


  • 1,500acre wetland nature reserve.
  • Visitor Centre with coffee shop selling light meals, snacks etc, gift shop, gallery and big screen wildlife CCTV.
  • New Sir Peter Scott Observatory overlooking the whooper pond with interpretation area, tower and lift.
  • 3 observation towers, 3 large hides and 20 small hides.
  • Ladies, gents and multi access toilets.
  • Excellent access for all and free wheelchair hire.
  • Car Park.
  • Sheltered picnic area with tables.
  • Year round calendar of special events.
  • Wide range of learning programmes designed for school visits all year round.
  • School group visits and guided tours can be arranged.


WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre
Phone: 01387 770200
Email: info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk
Website: www.wwt.org.uk/caerlaverock
Facebook: Like the WWT Caerlaverock facebook page
Twitter: @wwtcaerlaverock

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