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Mersehead Nature Reserve

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We were lucky enough to stay at Shelduck Cottage on the reserve - we had some fabulous walks to the... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2018
Claire O
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Bicester, United Kingdom
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A relaxing walk with plenty to see

We visited the Reserve during our short breakaway, It was really worth the visit, plenty of little... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2018
Jacqui M
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“circular walk”(7 reviews)
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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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Off the A710, Dalbeattie DG2 8AH, Scotland
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Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

We were lucky enough to stay at Shelduck Cottage on the reserve - we had some fabulous walks to the beach and ok there weren’t much birds about but it is summer. We saw yellowhammers, sparrows, great tits, chaffinches and greenfinches every day on the...More

Thank Claire O
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

We visited the Reserve during our short breakaway, It was really worth the visit, plenty of little birds in the hedgerows , June wasn't the best time to see much activity from the hides, but as it was a warm day we were able to...More

Thank Jacqui M
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

We came on a warm day to have a short stroll and ended up walking some 3 miles. You can just wander allong the sand looking for shells on the day we went we found some washed up jelly fish. There is plenty of parking...More

Thank Salenalh
Reviewed 20 May 2018

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
Reviewed 7 May 2018

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
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
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
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
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

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Glenda J
16 April 2018|
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Response from Mersehead_Reserve | Property representative |
Hi Glenda J, There are two walking trails on the reserve. Both begin at the reserve's visitor centre, across from the main car park. The Coastal Trail is 2.5 mile circular route, which takes around 90 minutes to complete... More
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Glenda J
16 April 2018|
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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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