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Caerlaverock lies on the Solway Firth in Scotland's Border country.

This small corner of the UK where Scotland meets England is rich in nature.

The Solway Firth is a great place for bird watching - even the historic name Caerlaverock means 'castle of the lark'. One of the best places to start is the Caerlaverock nature reserve.


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Caerlaverock - Visitor Guide

Address:Caerlaverock Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.
Postcode DG1 4RS
Telephone:01387 770200
Fax:01387 770539
Essential kit:Wellies are essential if you're watching wading birds. Binoculars and scopes. Protective camouflage clothing. Outdoor shoes.
Nature watching:

Bird watching - many small and large hides and lookout towers with bird books. Barnacle Geese events. Swan feeding twice daily. Good views over Solway estuary from tower observatories.

The Barnacle Geese start arriving at Caerlaverock in late September/October and by December numbers are reaching their peak. Look for them on the surrounding films during the daytime.


Badger watching - small cost. The Stars and Stripes nights can be booked via the Wetland and Wildlife Trust - 01387 770200.

Access:Most areas suitable for visitors with disabilities - some muddy areas. Guide dogs welcome.
Getting there:Located nine miles south east of Dumfries. Limited bus service from Dumfries to Caerlaverock.
Opening times:Open daily 10am-5pm with some late openings for special wild events. Closed Christmas Day.
Charges:Adult £4.40; Concession (Students, Senior Citizens) £3.60; Child £2.70. Family Ticket £11.50. Children on school visits and kids under four are free.
Facilities:Small cafe at Caerlaverock Wildfowl Centre. Shop. Events programme.
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