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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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Beautiful place to walk

This reserve is absolutely lovely and a beautiful place to walk. The beach you walk on is amazing... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Louise C
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Carnforth, United Kingdom
Fantastic place.

It possibly helped that we were there on a glorious day weatherwise, but this place was fantastic... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rai S
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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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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“circular walk” (7 reviews)
“biscuits” (4 reviews)
“lovely walk” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Off the A710, Dalbeattie DG2 8AH, Scotland
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+44 1387 780579
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"circular walk"
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"biscuits"
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"lovely walk"
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"bird watching"
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"cup of tea"
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"rspb members"
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"well worth a visit"
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"staff were very friendly"
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"unspoilt beach"
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"small birds"
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"sand dunes"
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"clean toilets"
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"car park"
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"dumfries and galloway"
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"places to visit"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This reserve is absolutely lovely and a beautiful place to walk. The beach you walk on is amazing. Great countryside and wildlife. Really good advisor too within the reception...very knowledgeable and helpful.

Thank Louise C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It possibly helped that we were there on a glorious day weatherwise, but this place was fantastic. We arrived at around 9:30 on a Sunday morning and were the only ones there - the visitor centre doesn't open 'til 10 so we set off on...More

Thank Rai S
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

RSPB Mersehead great day out variety of birds excellent ,walks around reserve great ,hides overlooking the lakes clean and comfortable The staff at the site very knowledgeable and keen to help, small cafe on site serving hot drinks, and will be returning

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Reviewed 5 December 2017

If you're into birding and have plenty of warm clothes and strong footwear a winter visit is glorious. We saw a fine starling murmeration, geese galore plus a huge flock of rooks coming in to roost at dusk. For those who prefer to watch in...More

Thank MagsR47
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

If you are interested in wildlife then this is a good place to visit. A decent sized walk taking in a couple of hides and the beach as well as a conservatory area at the visitor centre where you can relax and see birds feeding....More

Thank Rick S
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

Been twice but not at the best times of year so not much to see apart from some twite, a yellowhammer and loads of crows. First time, got a great welcome and a short introduction to the site. However we went back there this week...More

Thank Mantis1955
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Reviewed 17 September 2017

Called in twice while in the area, not much about when we were there but what a fab place, the staff were very friendly and helpful. I think in a couple of weeks it will be busy with wildlife, will go again next time I'm...More

Thank LynneandKev
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Reviewed 28 June 2017

Have visited quite a few RSPB reserves and this is one of the best. We visited after the visitor centre had shut, but it is very easy to navigate your way around as everything is on one circular walk. There are two hides that look...More

Thank 2wreckless
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Reviewed 28 June 2017

We are RSPB members and visited here to do some birding while staying in the area. We were not disappointed and the warden/volunteer was very helpful in pointing out places to visit. There are two hides overlooking wetlands and bird feeders at the "Centre" where...More

Thank mfuwe
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Reviewed 28 June 2017

One of my favourite place to visit. Easy to find and car park (£3 for non members). The reception area is across from the car park and provides light refreshments and toilets. There is a large viewing area to watch bird and wild life, there...More

Thank haggisland
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Glenda J
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Response from MagsR47 | Reviewed this property |
There are 2 trails, the wetland trail is 2 miles with 2 hides and the coastal trail which is 2.5 miles and includes the shoreline. Full information and a map are available at the visitor centre near the car park. Hot drinks... More
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