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Mersehead Nature Reserve

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Off the A710, Dalbeattie DG2 8AH, Scotland
+44 1387 780579
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Something different

You get the best of everything here, path walk, beach walk and Forrest walk all in one. Well tended... read more

Reviewed 25 January 2017
Sarah F
Dumfries, Scotland, United Kingdom
Great walk

Visited in early January (wrap up as the coastal wind is freezing) and had a lovely walk with our... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
Justin L
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Discover the breathtaking scenery and wildlife that's typical of this region. Stroll along the nature trails and use the viewing hides to explore at your own pace. Spring is particularly magical, when the wet meadows fill with lapwings and skylarks, not to mention butterflies and wild flowers. You might also see a roe deer. And in the autumn, thousands of barnacle and pink-footed geese start to arrive for the winter, creating a not-to-be-missed spectacle. Each season brings a different experience at our nature reserves. In spring, the air is filled with birdsong as they compete to establish territories and attract a mate. In summer, look out for young birds making their first venture into the outside world. Autumn brings large movements of migrating birds - some heading south to a warmer climate, others seeking refuge in the UK from the cold Arctic winter. In winter, look out for large flocks of birds gathering to feed, or flying at dusk to form large roosts to keep warm.
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Off the A710, Dalbeattie DG2 8AH, Scotland
+44 1387 780579
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

You get the best of everything here, path walk, beach walk and Forrest walk all in one. Well tended walk and if you are luckily lots of birds to see. Informative and clean wee area for coffee / tea binoculars provided in there. Clean toilets....More

Thank Sarah F
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Visited in early January (wrap up as the coastal wind is freezing) and had a lovely walk with our dog. It was a good, sunny day so we could see all the way to Cumbria. Wildlife wise, we saw a lot of geese but not...More

Thank Justin L
Reviewed 23 November 2016

A nice little reserve with an information centre housed in a converted cottage staffed by friendly and very knowledgeable wardens. We went in November so saw plenty of Barnacle Geese, Snipe and assorted wildfowl. Good numbers of passerines in the hedges including Yellowhammers. We finished...More

Thank G4HZW
Reviewed 21 November 2016

The place to see large numbers of overwintering geese. There is a small visitor centre with rudimentary refreshment facilities and good clean toilets.

Thank Geoff B
Reviewed 17 November 2016

The scenery is stunning, and for novice "twitchers" like us, it provides a good introduction to the art of bird watching! All the paths are well maintained, and easily accessible, although a wheelchair may get bogged down in places. Check all the catches are in...More

Thank Peter G
Reviewed 25 October 2016

A fabulous reserve and wonderful to see so many geese during our visit. Scenic pathways guide you to an unspoilt beach where a variety of wading birds can be seen.

Thank Glasgowstyle
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Hubby and I took our young grandson here and we all enjoyed a great day out. It's such a peaceful place and great for walks and we also enjoyed the hide and watching out for whatever birds we could see. Plenty geese and ducks, but...More

Thank traveller2454
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Brilliant, staying on site in one of the cottages, everything you needed. Plenty to see, good walks along beach. Good for a base to view dumfries and galloway

Thank ajg162
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

We stumbled across this Nature Reserve and very glad that we did. Great welcome centre, lovely viewing window when we arrived, Gold Finches, Siskin, Blue & Great Tits. We then walked the costal path high was stunning, deserted and just beautiful. Also saw Linnets. A...More

Thank JoannaSurbiton
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Stunning views and a great walk very quiet Was very windy yesterday so not much wildlife about There's a nice beach walk with stunning view

Thank cathnpete2016
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Robin S
30 June 2016|
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Response from Lindsay M | Reviewed this property |
There is a visitors centre that has a board with what wildlife has been spotted. It's mainly birds though.