RSPB Wood of Cree Reserve

Nature Centres & Reserves

Minnigaff, Newton Stewart, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG8 6SN

    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.

    The Wood of Cree is the largest ancient wood in southern Scotland. In spring, the woodland really comes alive, with bluebells on the ground and birdsong in the air. You'll hear pied flycatchers and warblers. The wood is the perfect place to see willow tits, which are declining in the UK, as well as barn and tawny owls, and visitors such as redstarts and garden warblers. While you're here, spend some time on the otter platform and look out onto the river, which is teeming with life throughout the year.

    Entry and parking is free but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.Staff are not always present but the reserve is open at all times, throughout the year. You are welcome to visit with your dog, provided it is kept under proper control. For information about events on this reserve, check http://www.rspb.org.uk/events/.

    Seasonal Highlights

    Spring
    Carpets of bluebells and other woodland flowers; woodland birds include pied flycatchers, redstarts, tree pipits, wood warblers, willow tits, buzzards and great spotted woodpeckers. A range of bat species including the rare Leisler's bat. Red squirrels, otters and roe deer.

    Summer
    Woodland birds include pied flycatchers, redstarts, tree pipits, wood warblers, willow tits, buzzards and great spotted woodpeckers. A range of bat species including the rare Leisler's bat. Red squirrels, otters and roe deer.

    Autumn
    Goldeneyes, whooper swans, teal and mallards arrive on the reserve.

    Winter
    Winter is a good time to explore the woodland as birds and squirrels are easier to see when there are no leaves to get in the way! Roving flocks of tits may be accompanied by woodpeckers and treecreepers.Charms of finches can also be seen.

    Opening Times
    Opening times 2014
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

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