A flock of birds at the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve
A red kite at the Bellymack Hill Farm Red Kite Feeding Station near Castle Douglas
The Bennan Viewpoint on the Galloway Red Kite Trail
Explore the many reserves and visitor centres in Dumfries & Galloway and discover the region’s true natural beauty.
Dumfries & Galloway plays host to various RSPB reserves, National Nature Reserves, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and other nature centres. Each of these provide visitors with unrivalled access to an spectacular variety of wildlife species amongst habitats as varied as peat bogs, ancient woodlands, coastal estuaries and inland wetlands.
Browse the listings to plan your trip to the reserves and visitor centres in Dumfries & Galloway today.
The trail is a great way to explore scenic, inner Galloway while looking for the spectacular red kite, a bird of prey reintroduced here since 2001. A 24 mile circular road trip, open all year round (plus 14 mile summer trail in Galloway Forest Park).
Situated on the scenic north shore of the Solway coast, RSPB Scotland Mersehead is an extensive wetland and saltmarsh area and haven for breeding waders, wintering waterfowl and year-round bird and wildlife-watching.
One of RSPB's newest reserves, with a superb view accross the Cree Estuary to the Galloway Hills. The return of geese and waders in winter really brings the merse and coast to life. Breeding skylark and lapwing are common in summer.
For a woodland walk, it's great place to visit. In spring & summer, the wood fills with a carpet of bluebells, other flowers and birdsong while red squirrels are busy in the trees. Visit the otter platform, where you may luckily see one in the river.