Mersehead RSPB Nature Reserve

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This flat and easy walk around the RSPB's Mersehead Reserve is delightful at any season and full of variety and interest. The route includes wetland, woodland, grassland and a stretch of sandy beach along the Solway Firth. There are views to the hills, views across the water – and there are birds... vast numbers of geese, ducks, swans and waders in winter, together with farmland birds and raptors including hen harrier and merlin. Summertime is also alive with birds and the reserve is a refuge for the rare natterjack toad. Mersehead's visitor centre is manned by friendly and knowledgeable staff and there are facilities such as drinks, toilets, gifts and information available.

The routes consist of one Coastal Trail, walkable in either direction, with two short deviations to bird hides. All three are described here, though visitors may also choose to walk any of the three alternatives in isolation.

Information for Dog Owners: the walk is suitable for dogs on a leash.

Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - Coast


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Moor, Mostly Flat, Nature Trail, Public Transport, Sea, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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