Applegarthtown Wildlife Sanctuary

Nature Centres & Reserves

The Crown Estate, Forestry Office, Dryfeholm, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, DG11 1SX

    Applegarthtown, with its wetland habitat, is internationally recognised for its highly successful artificial sand martin nesting banks.

    Applegarthtown Wildlife Sanctuary began in 1984 when a piece of unproductive agricultural land was identified as an ideal site for conversion to a wetland habitat. The intention was to attract a wide range of native and migratory bird species.

    The artificial nesting banks have proved extremely successful and the addition of an access chamber has allowed regular scientific and health monitoring of young sand martins. The banks have proved a prototype for several other projects elsewhere in the UK and around the world.

    The sanctuary is a good example of how local initiative and a sympathetic landowner can work together to restore waste ground to something which brings pleasure to all who visit.

    2 Wildlife Experience
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Special Requirements

    • Business Travellers
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • Non smokers
    • Pets Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People


    • Free Parking On-Site

    Road Directions

    From Lockerbie, travel north on the B7076 for approx 1½ miles, turn right at the Sibbaldbie, Boreland, Eskdalemuir sign, then turn sharp left over the motorway. Continue for ¾ mile to 'T' junction and turn right. After 200 yards, turn left and follow road for ¼ mile to reach your destination.

    From Lochmaben, travel north on the B7020, and turn right at the Kinnel Bridge, heading for Millhousebridge. At the crossroads in Millhousebridge turn right and follow the sign for Dalton. Pass the sign for Applegarth Church, and take the next right for ¼ mile.

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    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • all routes
      • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

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