Caerlaverock Wetland Centre (Dumfries and Galloway)

Caerlaverock Wetland Centre is situated nine miles to the south-east of Dumfries on the Solway coast. It contains many ponds including a Dragonfly Pool, the Lochar Water and a number of hides from which to watch the wildlife. With a number of paths running close to the wetland areas, dragonflies can be seen at a number of spots across the reserve. The site is managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

Caerlaverock reserve is 1,400 acres in size and was set up in 1970 to protect the Barnacle geese which migrate from Svalbard to the Solway Firth each winter. There are 8,000-10,000 Barnacle geese found each day on the reserve during the winter, along with many Pink-footed geese and Whooper swans. There are also thousands of ducks and waders. In the summer birds on the reserve include kingfishers, ospreys, sedge warblers, willow warblers, blackcaps and skylarks. The best spots to see the dragonflies are at the Dragonfly Pool, the Walk on the Wildside from the path next to the Teal Pond and the Back Pond.

The earliest emerging species can be found from mid-April, with the Emperor Dragonflies being on the wing from June onwards.

Opening times: Open 10am to 5pm, last admission at 4pm.

Entry fee: Adult £8.09   Children (4-16 years) £4.63   Children (under 4 years) free

Getting there: Car park

Bus table

Facilities: Disabled access, toilets, cafe and shop

Events: Exhibitions and childrens’ events calendar 

Image by Laurence Arnold.

Contact Us

WWT Caerlaverock, Eastpark Farm, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, DG1 4RS

T: 01387 770200

Caerlaverock Wetland Centre (Dumfries and Galloway)