"Caerlaverock -
where the unique balance of agriculture, wildfowling and conservation brings people and wildlife together for the benefit of both."

Little Egret - © SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on 01738 444777 or at www.snh.gov.uk

Wildlife

Whatever the weather and whatever the time of year there is always something to see at Caerlaverock.

Caerlaverock is renowned for its exceptional wildlife. This is due to the unique habitat and the estate's constant attention to conservation. While the merse (saltmarsh) has only existed in its present form for less than 200 years, its vast mudflats and sand banks create perfect feeding and roosting grounds for thousands of wild birds.  There are few places in the UK where you can see so many birds and other rare species of wildlife at such close quarters in their natural habitat.

These opportunities are normally rare but at Caerlaverock we all make every effort to create perfect vantage points from which to see these creatures. Some of our bird hides are on sites first established by Sir Peter Scott himself. We aim to create an unforgettable experience for visitors who may have a particular species or creature that they have always wanted to track down.

Signposted, way marked board walks coupled with our footpath network weave all over the estate and lead visitors to the best vantage points.

Binoculars are definitely the order of the day!

Natterjack toads, tadpole shrimps and barnacle geese are among our most famous residents but we are home to many other species too.

 


Little Egret - © SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on
01738 444777 or at www.snh.gov.uk

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